Per Deadline, a follow-up series to the the classic television show Dark Shadows is currently in development over at The CW.
Dark Shadows: Reincarnation will be an hour-long Gothic horror drama based on the cult favorite show. The pilot will be written by Mark B. Perry, whose previous work includes Revenge, Ghost Whisperer and Brothers & Sisters. The show will be a contemporary continuation of the saga of the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine who are harboring a dark secret: for the past 400 years, they’ve lived under a curse that bedevils their blue blood with every imaginable supernatural creature and horror.
Perry hopes to give Dark Shadows the Star Trek treatment by introducing new audiences to the franchise while at the same time keeping original fans satisfied:
“I also want to reassure the fans of the original that this version will treat the show’s mythology with the same reverence given to Star Trek, but will also make the show accessible for audiences who aren’t yet familiar with the macabre world of the Collinses. My plan is to take as few liberties as possible with the Dark Shadows canon, while bearing in mind a quote from a 1970s episode delivered by the inimitable Oscar-nominee Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman: ‘The Collins family history is not particularly famous for its accuracy.’”
Curtis himself took a couple of cracks at reviving Dark Shadows in a 1995 series and 2005 telepic, and Tim Burton directed a campy feature on the subject.
What do you make of this news? Are you a fan of the original Dark Shadows show? Will you be watching Dark Shadows: Reincarnation? Fly down to the comments below and let me know your thoughts!