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Dark Shadows Sequel Heads to The CW

Jonathan Frid

Jonathan Frid

Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows is getting some new life. The CW and Warner Bros Television are teaming up to bring fans Dark Shadows: Reincarnation. Based on the cult classic ABC sudser, Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, will be a modern day telling and continuation of the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine.

According to Deadline, who first broke the story, the show will center around the Collins family, who are an influential yet mysterious and publicity shy family with a huge secret. The family has been living under a curse for the past 400 years. The curse afflicts their aristocratic blood with every supernatural creature and horror imaginable.

The pilot will be penned and executive produced by Mark B. Perry, best known for his writing credits on Brothers & Sisters, Ghost Whisperer, and Revenge, alongside Bradley Gallo, Cathy Curtis, Michael HelfantTracy Mercer, and sisters Cathy and Tracy Curtis, daughters of Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis.

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 In a released statement Perry revealed,

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.

Dark Shadows ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC and then was briefly revived at NBC in the 1990s. In 2004, The WB created a pilot with a new spin on the series. Then, in 2012, über fan Johnny Depp starred as the iconic Barnabas Collins in the film adaptation, which was more of a comedic telling of the show instead of the original goth tone of the soap opera.