Just a week after it announced new six-part crime drama called The Frankenstein Chronicles, starring Sean Bean, U.K. TV giant ITV said Monday that it had ordered a new action adventure series based on Robert Louis Stevenson‘s book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Written and executive produced by Charlie Higson, Jekyll and Hyde will be a 10-part series that is set to “exude mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi,” according to a statement. The story will be set in 1930s London during a time of “Hollywood glamor, aerodynamic cars and monster movies” and will focus on Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, on a quest to discover the nature of his curse, the company said.
“It’s an exciting challenge to take Stevenson’s work and use it as the basis for a new Jekyll and Hyde,” said Higson, who rose to fame in the 1990s on BBC sketch comedy show The Fast Show before becoming an author of young adult fiction. “So many superheroes with secret dual personalities have been brought to life thanks to Jekyll and Hyde. He’s one of literature’s most important and influential characters, and it’s a privilege to be rediscovering him.”
Jekyll and Hyde will be directed by Colin Teague (Being Human, Sinbad) and will start production in India in January before moving to London for shooting between February and July. Casting decisions are expected in the coming weeks.