Showtime orders "Penny Dreadful" featuring horror literature characters

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Horror Series Marks Landmark Television Collaboration From Skyfall Duo
John Logan And Sam Mendes

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 12, 2013) - Some of literature's most iconic
figures will step into the light on SHOWTIME in PENNY DREADFUL, a
psychosexual horror series created, written and executive produced by
three-time Oscar(R) nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator)
and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty,
Revolutionary Road) and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary
Road, Call The Midwife), it was announced today by David Nevins,
President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. PENNY DREADFUL will
begin production in London in the second half of 2013.

In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature's most famously terrifying
characters - including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray
and iconic figures from the novel Dracula - become embroiled in
Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror
origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous
alienation. This project marks Logan and Mendes' second major
collaboration, following Skyfall, their recent critically-acclaimed
and box office record-breaking James Bond film, which Mendes directed
and Logan co-wrote; and their first ever collaboration for television.
The project will be produced by Mendes' production company Neal Street

"John Logan and Sam Mendes are two of the great storytellers of our
time," said Nevins. "The visual spectacle combined with the
psychological insight in their reimagining of these iconic literary
characters seems totally mesmerizing to me. This promises to be a
wholly original television show."
Original?!?!  It's a horror version of Once Upon a Time (and number of 
past shows that used these characters).

AKA "Grim".  :-)
Ehn.  Originality is over-rated anyway.
Now I have to imagine "Once Upon a Time" being "psychosexual."
Er, uh, well . . . . you could make a pretty good case that it is.