“You get better Victorian London in Dublin than you do in London.” That’s just one of the intriguing revelations shared in the first few videos for Showtime’s Penny Dreadful production blog, ahead of the series’ spring debut.
Executive producer, creator John Logan and co. are filming at Ardmore Studios, a ten-acre facility just outside Dublin that first started hosting visiting American productions with the 1959 James Cagney drama Shake Hands with the Devil. The new Showtime program will re-imagine classic characters such as Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray against the backdrop of Victorian England.
There’s also a digital book club for the program at GoodReads, through which participants can read and discuss some of the literature classics that provided inspiration for individual episodes.
Logan has been nominated for the Oscar three times as a screenwriter (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo). He also co-wrote the last Bond film, Skyfall, and is partnered on the Showtime series with that film’s director Sam Mendes.