DRACULA SERIES HEADED FOR BBC, NETFLIX: The BBC and Netflix are partnering on a major new series adaptation of the classic vampire tale Dracula. The team behind Sherlock (Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat) are taking on the Bram Stoker tale. Three 90-minute installments of the series, which is set in 1897, have been commissioned. Moffat and Gatiss said: "There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero."
DOWNTON ABBEY’S JULIAN FELLOWES AT WORK ON NEW ROYAL DRAMA: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is working on a royal drama based on the Queen’s art collection with The X Factor producer Syco, Deadline reports. The collection is owned by Queen Elizabeth II and is spread across 13 historic royal residences. Objects include 7,000+ paintings and 30,000+ watercolors. Fellowes has a busy roster: he’s also currently working on The Gilded Age for NBC.
JENNIFER GARNER CONFIRMS ALIAS REBOOT: It’s happening, but Jennifer Garner will not be reprising her role as Sydney Bristow. The popular ABC series went off the air in 2006, and there have been rumors of a reboot for some time. "I've heard that there's an Alias reboot happening, but no one's talked to me about it," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I mean, it would be totally different. But if they didn't have me on as a guest, I would be very, very angry." Garner can now be seen in HBO’s Camping, hailing from showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner; the show premiered Sunday.
BLACK PANTHER’S LETITIA WRIGHT ON TIMING OF FILM: Letitia Wright, who plays Wakandan princess Shuri in Disney’s megahit Black Panther, says the film landed at the perfect time. Wright told Deadline: "I have young girls and women come up and say to me, ‘Hey, this is a new kind of representation for us. We’re not in a film where we’re inferior, or we’re below the men, or we have to be just the object of someone’s affection. We’re equal. We can hold our own.’ Everybody holds their own space in this film." She continued: "I feel like there was such a need for it in our culture. There was such a need for it in our industry, that when we got it, we grasped it and we ran with it."
DREAMWORKS TO BOW THREE NEW KIDS SERIES ON NETFLIX: Netflix is welcoming three new DreamWorks Animation Television kids series to its stable of shows in 2019 and 2020. The new shows: Archibald’s Next Big Thing, inspired by the children’s book from Tony Hale, Tony Biaggne and Victor Huckabe and following the hijinks of a chicken; Gabby’s Dollhouse, a show created and executive produced by Traci Paige Johnson (Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) and Jennifer Twomey (Blue’s Clues, Team Umizoomi), it unboxes a surprise before hopping into a fantasy world of cat characters; Rhyme Time Town, about Daisy the Puppy and Cole the Kitten as they embark on an adventurous world filled with nursery rhymes and imaginative play. Since 2013, DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix have released 16 original series.