THE MUNSTERS, SLEEPY HOLLOW, PENNY DREADFUL, THE FOLLOWING, and another season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY coming to TV, it’s a wonderful time to be a horror TV fan. Add ABC’s GOTHICA to the mix.
Not to be messed up with the crappy Halle Berry movie GOTHIKA, GOTHICA features a stable of our favorite literary horror characters, from Dorian Gray to Victor Frankenstein, Dracula, and others. It’s moving faster than PENNY DREADFUL, a similar sounding project at Showtime, and has found its Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and “Grace” Van Helsing.
Chris Egan has been cast as Dorian Gray. The Aussie has appeared in POE, LETTERS TO JULIET, KINGS, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, and ERAGON.
Tom Ellis will be Victor Frankenstein. Ellis is a veteran of BBC TV, with THE FADES, GATES, and a slew of others under his belt.
Janet Montgomery (THE HUMAN TARGET, BLACK SWAN, and MERLIN) has been cast as Grace Van Helsing. She’ll be a love interest of Victor’s, and has money ties with Dorian Gray.
Here’s the synopsis:
…set in the present day, [the show] weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. In this incarnation of the story, written by Matt Lopez, Victor Frankenstein (Ellis) runs a hospital that also does biotech research and believes that he may have a way to bring his recently deceased daughter back to life. Victor was once romantically involved with the show’s lead character, Grace Van Helsing. Dorian Gray (Egan) is a wealthy playboy who invests $20 million in Grace’s newspaper.
The project is described as a Gothic soap. As mentioned, Matt Lopez wrote the project. He also wrote THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, and BEDTIME STORIES. This one looks a little bit more adult, hopefully.