It’s taken a few episodes to find its footing, but Daniel Knauf’s recent spin on “Dracula” has finally come into its own, making for some great TV with a classic character. Universal is obviously pleased as well because they’re ready to let Knauf sink his claws into another of their iconic characters.
According to Deadline, NBC is developing a contender for its Friday supernatural block anchored by “Grimm,” which is currently paired with “Dracula.” It hails from “Dracula” executive producer/head writer Knauf (“Carnivale”) and is based on Universal Pictures’ Scott Stuber-produced 2010 feature The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, which in turn was a remake of the 1941 movie.
“The Wolfman” is one of two projects Knauf has at NBC, along with a supernatural telenovela produced by Electus that is part of the company’s 3-for-1 telenovela deal at NBC, intended to result in a 13-episode order.
“The Wolfman,” produced by Universal Pictures sibling Universal TV and Stuber’s studio-based Bluegrass Films & TV, is described as a supernatural thriller that explores what it means to be a man and to be human. It centers on Lawrence Talbot, who is afflicted by an ancient curse, and jacks into the powerful, primordial soul of the alpha-predator. Knauf is writing and executive producing with Stuber and Quan Phung.
The untitled telenovela is an original concept that chronicles the ruthless supernatural machinations of the six governesses of an exclusive Hancock Park women’s club, the true powers behind every throne in The City of Angels. Knauf is writing and will exec produce with Electus’ Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox. That project joins format adaptation “Black Widow” in Electus’ 3-for-1 NBC deal, with the network eying a series pickup for one of the projects to air following telenovelas’ traditional pattern of multiple episodes a week.
Good to see Knauf finally getting recognized for his genius. TV is looking better and better.
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