New blood for the vampire classic

Warner Bros. Television and The CW have made a deal to develop Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, a gothic horror-drama based on the 1966 cult classic TV series – and nothing at all to do with the lacklustre film remake with Johnny Depp.

The pilot of the series is set to be written by Mark B. Perry, whose past writing credits include Revenge, Ghost Whisperer, and Brothers & Sisters. Perry will also executive produce alongside Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, and Tracy Mercer, and Tracy Curtis and Cathy Curtis.

The show will be a modern-day continuation of the Collins family saga, in Collinsport, Maine – a group of mysterious, influential, and publicity-shy people hiding a dark secret. For the past 400 years, they’ve lived with a curse that leaves the family taking form of every imaginable supernatural creature and horror.

As a child, Perry was a huge fan of Dark Shadows, and has been pursuing the rights to the property for two years.

He said of the new project, “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.’”

More on Dark Shadows: Reincarnation when we have it.

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