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TV series based on Icelandic sister version of Dracula depicts the count as a "Trump type character"

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  • Not a bloodthirsty ghoul but a mad dictator Icelandic movie producer Sigurjón Sighvatsson has described his TV series on Dracula as modern day version of the classic. Photo/Iceland Magazine-Vísir

The Icelandic producer Sigurjón Sighvatsson, who is currently working on a TV series based on the "lost Icelandic sister version" of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula has said that the Transylvanian count will be depicted as a man driven by lust for power, rather than just blood, a Trump/Putin like character. 

Read more: An Icelandic "lost sister version" of Bram Stoker's Dracula to be made into a TV series

A modern version of a classic story
Sigurjón is currently working on a TV adaptation of the 1900 Icelandic translation/reworking of the Victorian classic, Makt Myrkranna or The Powers of Darkness. A Dracula scholar has recently argued that the Icelandic version was not just an abridged translation by Valdimar Ásmundsson, but actually a collaboration with Bram Stoker who also wrote the foreword for the Icelandic version. The book remained completely unknown outside Iceland until recently.

The Icelandic version has been described as a more modern version of Dracula, "shorter, punchier, more erotic, and perhaps even more suspenseful than Stoker s Dracula".

A power hungry politician, rather than a bloodthirsty ghoul

Sigurjón told the local news site Nútíminn that the Icelandic version of Dracula presents a very different kind of Dracula than the original.

"In the Icelandic version he has morphed into a sort of socialist or fascist, with far greater ambition than just murder. More like dictatorship and domination."

He elaborated on this vision in an interview with the local radio station Bylgjan. "He has these social goals, to take over the western world and create a new empire which runs on blood." 

The series will take place in 19th century London Sigurjón told Nútíminn, but with references to the present:

"We will start in Transylvania, with a little bit of back story on Dracula. The idea is that he then travels to London to seek greater power in a larger society. This story could be seen as a sort of commentary on the present, Trump and Putin. It's a story everyone knows, and we will put this old story into a new context."

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