In 2008, no-one really cared or thought about Sherlock Holmes. He was a relic, forgotten in 80s TV and special-edition hardback books by the Waterstones tills.

Then in 2009, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes was released, featuring Robert Downy Jr. and it was pretty good. My favourite film for a while, weirdly.

A year later though, the BBC released their own version of the consulting detective, featuring a posh guy that no-one had really paid much attention to and Tim from The Office. It was spectacular, and changed TV after it, as well as launching Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman into global stardom.

This was partly down to the amazing performances put in by everyone involved, and even more down to the phenomenal writing from show-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Sadly the quality sort of dwindled after the second series but what the show used to be was amazing, and luckily for us, the two writers are teaming up again for a new project.

Dracula as a concept in TV and film is 100% oversubscribed and it’s weirdly rarely ever done right. People are constantly trying to shake the character up in some way and it generally falls flat.

Christopher Lee’s original and iconic portrayal was overdone to death – ironically. Gary Oldman’s version was just weird, no-one watched Jonathan Rhys-Meyer’s adaptation, and Adam Sandler currently voices the character in the Hotel Transylvania series…

It’s fair to say that we’re due a good Dracula.

So it’s nothing but fantastic news that BBC and Netflix are teaming up to create a new mini-series, consisting of three 90-minute episodes. Variety reported:

The BBC and Netflix are sinking their fangs into Dracula, a major new series adaptation of the classic vampire tale… The BBC has now commissioned three 90-minute instalments. Netflix will carry the show in most markets outside the U.K. Dracula marks another collaboration between Moffat and Gatiss after they combined efforts on episodes on Hartswood-produced Sherlock. Set in 1897, the series will revolve around the blood-drinking count from Transylvania who sets his sights on Victorian London.

Same series style as Sherlock. Interesting.

Gatiss and Moffat said on the series:

There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero

Meanwhile, Larry Tanz, Netflix’s VP of content acquisition, said:

We can’t wait to bring Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ brilliant storytelling to our members around the world and we are eager to collaborate on yet another series with the BBC.

So far there’s no word on casting, but Mark Gatiss absolutely loves to cast himself in his work, and makes sure he’s the smartest character on screen at any given time… so expect him to show up at some point.

The choice will probably be someone like James Norton, really. Unless they decide to go with a Romanian accent for the vampire. Who’s to say?

Images via BBC, Getty, Hammer Film Productions