Juan Antonio Bayona slated to direct two initial episodes of Showtime's "psychosexual horror" series

Some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London.

Some good news: One of our personal favorites - Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) will helm the first two episodes of the forthcoming "psychosexual horror series" PENNY DREAFUL, which is slated for the cable airwaves via Showtime and features some of literature's most iconic figures and famed monsters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and Dracula, among others. The series will weave together classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation.
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The very ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ sounding PENNY DREAFUL is an eight episode horror drama that will be set in turn-of-the-century Victorian London. The straight-to-series pick up was formally announced this past January but a director had not been set until now, although rumors pointed to Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) possibly taking on the reins himself. Instead, he will be the series' executive producer. The series' creator and writer is John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo, Skyfall).

The series derives its name from the one cent (penny) 19th century British fiction publications that mostly featured lurid stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks.
Juan Antonio Bayona is a two-time GOYA Award winner (Spain's main national film awards - equivalent of the American Academy Awards). The series teams up Mendes and Logan once again after working together on Skyfall. Principal photography will commence this fall in - where else - London.

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