The CW is taking on the iconic former soap opera 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.
Deadline first reported the news.