U.K. TV network ITV has announced plans for a ten episode action-adventure TV series based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. Filming is slated to begin in January.
Young James Bond novelist Charlie Higson will write and executive produce the adaptation which shifts the action to 1930s London and focuses on Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, on a quest to discover the nature of his curse.
The series is said to “exude mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi” according to a statement. Higson says: “So many superheroes with secret dual personalities have been brought to life thanks to Jekyll & Hyde. He’s one of literature’s most important and influential characters and it’s a privilege to be rediscovering him.”
Colin Teague (“Being Human,” “Sinbad”) will helm the project which begins shooting in India in January ahead of moving to its homebase in London for the rest of the first half of 2015. Casting will be announced shortly.
The news follows in the wake of last week’s announcement by the network to adapt another famous piece of Gothic literature, “Frankenstein,” into a six-part crime drama starring Sean Bean.