With Dexter no longer holding down the fort in the blood and guts department, Showtime has upped the ante and gone straight up horror with Oscar-nominated writer/producer John Logan‘s Penny Dreadful. Logan, writer of Martin Scorsese-directed films The Aviator and Hugo, as well as co-writer of Skyfall, clearly comes with an excellent pedigree, and his foray into the world of television comes with some big screen names.
Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night), Eva Green (Casino Royale), and another Bond alumnus, Timothy Dalton, will star in the alternate reality, Victorian London-era series, where iconic creatures of the night exist and roam the land doing what will most certainly be nefarious and gross things.
Check out the show’s first quick teaser:
Logan, while speaking to Entertainment Weekly, promised plenty of gore, saying, “When I was first talking to Sam Mendes (the show’s executive producer) about it, the word I came up with was disturbing. It’s not enough to scare people, because that’s a cheaper sensation. But, to unsettle and disturb people on a deeper level because they feel familiarity with monstrous characters is really our goal.”
Perhaps it’s the cable television twist on the premise of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, or NBC’s Grimm, but with terms like “highly erotic” and “very bloody” being throw around, there’s sure to be notably more naughty parts and entrails involved.
Penny Dreadful arrives on Showtime later this year.