PRESS TOUR: 'Penny Dreadful' brings classic monsters to Showtime

Thursday, 16 January 2014 04:35 PM Written by 

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PennyDreadful Tease

PASADENA, Calif. -- Showtime will debut its latest drama series, "Penny Dreadful," on May 11.

Here's how the network describes this gothic horror series:

In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light – have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (HugoThe AviatorGladiator) and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary RoadCall The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated performance.

The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Eva Green (Casino Royale) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, License to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Billie Piper (Doctor Who,Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Danny Sapani (The Bill).

 Read more and watch a trailer after the jump. ...

John Logan, the writer of "Skyfall" and "Rango," created and writes "Penny Dreadful" and he was inspired by re-reading Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."

"It's deeply disturbing and I started thinking about the themes and why 200 years after it was written are we still reading 'Frankenstein,' and I think it's because the monsters break my heart," he said. "Growing up as a gay man before it was as socially acceptable as it is now, I knew what it was to feel different, to feel alienated. But the very thing that made me monstrous to some people empowered me. And then I remembered the old horror movies of the '40s where they started mixing and matching the Wolfman and Frankenstein and I wondered if there was a way to do that now and take the characters seriously and that's how it all began."

Here's the teaser trailer:

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