The latest Bond outing Skyfall has smashed box office records, scooping an impressive £37.2m in just seven days in cinemas across the UK. Now writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes (pictured) are looking to cash in on their success with a new TV show that they’re touting around the US networks.
They’re re-uniting for a vampire hunting drama, according to Deadline. The project is said to be in the same vein as The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman, a 2003 film based on the Alan Moore graphic novel of the same name in which a team of fictional literary heroes team-up to help protect 19th century Britain.
Mendes and Logan’s project is said to be an origin story along similar lines and will feature characters such as Van Helsing and Doctor Frankenstein as they hunt the undead – set against a backdrop of London in the 1800s. The project will be both Mendes and Logan’s first foray into the small screen, having previously forged their careers in film.
Prior to Skyfall, Mendes won an Oscar for his directorial debut, American Beauty, and went on to helm a series of critically acclaimed films including Revolutionary Road and Away We Go. Logan, meanwhile, has had a hand in scripts for hit films including Hugo and The Aviator, and has recently signed on to write the next two instalments of the 007 franchise.
There is no news yet on whether any channel is set to pick up the series, let alone when production will get underway. However, given the success of Skyfall and the calibre of the creative team, you can no doubt expect to hear a lot more about this particular project in the near future.