3:11pm PT by Rick Porter
'Dark Shadows' Sequel in the Works at The CW
The CW is taking another crack at Dark Shadows.
The network and Warner Bros. TV are developing a modern update of the Gothic soap, which originally aired as an ABC daytime serial from 1966-71. The new version, titled Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, would be a present-day continuation of the story, which centers on the supernaturally afflicted Collins family.
Mark B. Perry (Revenge, Ghost Whisperer), a self-professed fan of the original series, is writing the pilot. He will executive produce with Amasia Entertainment's Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo and Tracy Mercer, as well as Tracy and Cathy Curtis, the daughters of series creator Dan Curtis.
The reimagined show would continue the strange, terrifying and sexy saga of the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine — a mysterious, influential and publicity-shy group hiding a ghastly secret: For the past 400 years, they've lived under a curse that bedevils their blue blood with every imaginable supernatural creature and horror.
The original series had a cult following, and several attempts at revivals and reboots have followed in the years since. NBC aired a short-lived version in 1991, and The WB (a predecessor to The CW) and Warner Bros. TV made a pilot for a new version of the show that didn't go to series.
Tim Burton also directed a comedic feature-film take on the show in 2012, with Johnny Depp starring as lead character Barnabas Collins.
Dark Shadows follows the CW blueprint of using established IP as the basis for series. The network has six shows based on DC Comics properties, plus Riverdale (based on the Archie Comics) and the forthcoming spinoff Katy Keene and a new take on Nancy Drew set to debut in October. Second-year series Legacies is the third show in the Vampire Diaries franchise, and Roswell, New Mexico is a reboot of the 1999-2002 WB/UPN show.
Deadline first reported the news.