Looks like ITV in the UK are planning on cashing in on the whole Penny Dreadful popularity…
Charlie Higson, lead writer, spoke about the show at London Comic Con and described it as a “superhero” adventure – which concerns us with memories of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – he added: “It’s about Dr Jekyll’s grandson, who doesn’t know anything about who he is or why he’s like he is.
“Robert Louis Stevenson’s original story] is the prototype superhero story, nobody knows it’s him and he can do all the things he dreams about, so I thought there was a lot you could do with it that was new and exciting.”
Set in 1930’s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies, the drama will pay homage to the Stevenson novel, and focus on the young, attractive, troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor.
At the heart of the drama is Robert Jekyll’s (Tom Bateman) quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’. Jekyll transforms into Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.
Action adventure series Jekyll and Hyde written by Charlie Higson and starring Tom Bateman, Natalie Gumede, Richard E Grant, Donald Sumpter and Natalie Hyam comes to ITV this autumn.