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The Vampire Comedy 'Dark Shadows' Is Getting A Reboot On The CW

A new adaptation of the American cult series is now on the cards.

After making themselves scarce for several years now, vampires are about to make a comeback in the series world. While Netflix prepares the French fiction series Vampires and the comedy What We Do In The Shadows continues on FX, another tribe of bloodsuckers is set to rise from the dead: Dark Shadows. The CW and Warner Bros Television are developing a new series based on the cult 60s show, as Deadline reports. The tone will probably be rather different to the original series, which was a mix of soap opera and the comedy typical of the era. 

The pilot for the Gothic series will be written by Mark B. Perry (Revenge, Ghost Whisperer and Brothers & Sisters). A big fan of the original show, which he watched as a child when he came home from school, the showrunner has been after the adaptation rights for Dark Shadows for the last two years. This latest version will be "a modern-day continuation of the strange, terrifying, and sexy saga of the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine — a mysterious, influential, 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 new team intends to get back to the roots of the original series, "which was so popular it actually saw Shakespearean actor Jonathan Frid become as popular in the teen magazines as the young heartthrobs of the moment, for his role as the vampire Barnabas Collins". As Vampire Diaries celebrates its 10th anniversary, The CW has set out on a quest for the new Salvatore brothers. 

This isn't the first attempt to bring the series into the 21st century: a movie version of Dark Shadows was made in 2012 by Tim Burton, starring Eva Green and Johnny Depp in the role of Barnabas Collins. 

 

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Marion Olité, published on 12/09/2019

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