Sam Mendes and Skyfall writer John Logan to bring Frankenstein and Dracula to life in new TV series

"Psychosexual horror" series Penny Dreadful will be filmed on location in London

Skyfall director Sam Mendes is teaming up again with John Logan, who co-wrote the James Bond adventure, for a new horror-themed television project, Penny Dreadful.


Set in Victorian London, the “psychosexual” drama series from US network Showtime will be filmed on location in the capital and will feature such gothic horror stalwarts as Dr Frankenstein and his monstrous creation, Oscar Wilde’s perpetually youthful anti-hero Dorian Gray and characters from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Logan, who scripted the drama, will share executive producer duties with Mendes and Call the Midwife’s Pippa Harris.

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins called Mendes and Logan “two of the great storytellers of our time” and said the series would be “very realistic and very grounded, not Bela Lugosi.” 

“All [the characters] exist in human form in turn-of-century London,” said Nevins. ”The visual spectacle combined with the psychological insight in [Logan and Mendes’s] reimagining of these iconic literary characters seems totally mesmerizing to me. This promises to be a wholly original television show.”


Nevins said Logan “has been obsessed with monsters in literature since childhood” and would pen every episode of the series, adding that “our hope and intention is that Sam Mendes will direct it.”