Sherlock Creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss Are Sinking Their Teeth Into Dracula

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

The BBC has ​revealed that it is once again teaming up with ​Sherlock showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat to make three 90-minute-long installments based on Bram Stoker's classic horror novel Dracula. While the show will air on BBC One, it will stream on Netflix for international markets.

Gatiss and Moffat, who have worked together on both Sherlock and Doctor Who, have been discussing making a Dracula series for some time now as both are huge fans of the 1958 Dracula film starring the late, greats Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Set in the 1890s, the story will reportedly surround the titular vampire king as he moves from his home in Transylvania to Victorian London.

"There have always been stories about great evil," ​Gatiss stated. "What’s special about Dracula is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero." Co-produced by BBC One and Netflix, the show will be run by Gatiss, Moffat, and Sue Vertue and Ben Irving will be executive producers and showrunners for the production.

Though no release date for Dracula has been given yet, the production marks the third time that Netflix and the BBC have directly collaborated—the previous two being Troy: Fall of a City and Duty/Shame.

Larry Tanz, Netflix's vice president of content acquisition, considers the ongoing partnership a huge win for the company, saying, "We can’t wait to bring Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s brilliant storytelling to our members around the world and we are eager to collaborate on yet another series with the BBC."

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]