Gothic horror fans will soon get to travel back to Collinsport, Maine to continue the story of the Collins family.
Warner Bros. Television made a deal with the CW to develop an hour-long gothic horror drama called Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, based on the 1966 cult classic soap opera Dark Shadows. According to a Deadline exclusive, the show will be a modern-day continuation of the Collins family story:
“For the past 400 years, they’ve lived under a curse that bedevils their blue blood with every imaginable supernatural creature and horror. The intention here is to harken back to the original…”
Mark B. Perry will be writing the pilot. For those who don’t recognize the name, Perry has worked on shows like Ghost Whisperer and Party of Five. Perry, a huge fan of the original show, has been trying to get the rights for two years:
“As a first-generation fan, it’s been a dream of mine to give Dark Shadows the Star Trek treatment since way back in the ’80s when Next Generation was announced, so I’m beyond thrilled and humbled to be entrusted with this resurrection. And while I could never hope to fill Dan Curtis’ very large shoes, I do aspire to carry them a little farther into the future. 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.’”
Dan Curtis was the creator of Dark Shadows which originally ran from 1966 to 1971. Tracy Curtis, one of his daughters, is confident in Perry’s ability to continue her father’s legacy:
“…Mark has opened up our father’s universe with fresh storylines and new characters that will delight original fans even as they thrill younger viewers.”
This is not the first time the Collins family has tried to make a comeback. There was an attempt at a series in 1995 and don’t forget about Tim Burton’s Johnny Depp-led feature adaptation in 2012 from Warner Bros and Village Roadshow.
There is no date yet as to when the series will begin, but stay tuned here for updates as we learn more about the cast and series. Until then, if you want to watch the original series, it is available on Amazon Prime and Hulu.