Showtime Working on Scary Classic Literature Mash-Up Series

Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein Photo: Universal Studios

The network just announced that it's given a series commitment to Penny Dreadful, a project from Skyfall duo John Logan and Sam Mendes. The premise sounds a bit like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with some of literature's most recognizable monsters and heroes (Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein, Dracula's Van Helsing, to name a few) meeting up in Victorian England for a "psychosexual horror thriller." The show will start shooting in London later this year and is said to have a couple familiar faces attached, though none have been announced so far.