Showtime Picks Up ‘Penny Dreadful’ From ‘Skyfall’ Writer

Showtime is developing a new horror series set in Victorian London called “Penny Dreadful,” Showtime president  David Nevins announced  today at TCA.

The show will be written and executive produced by John Logan, who is a screenwriter of ‘Gladiator,’ ‘Aviator’ and ‘Skyfall.’ Oscar winner Sam Mendes (‘American Beauty’) is also an executive producer.

“Penny Dreadful” marks landmark TV collaboration from John Logan & Sam Mendes. The series will unite literature’s most iconic figures including Dracula, Van Helsing, Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein & Jack the Ripper.

“It’s very realistic, it’s very grounded,” said Showtime entertainment president John Logan. “The characters are all in very human form in turn-of-the-century London. It’s very psychological and highly erotic.”

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