TV network CW is looking to revive the 80’s TV series Tales From the Darkside, Deadline reports. There is not much to go on yet, apart from who is involved, which I must say is a very positive piece of news. CW are generally known for making teenage aimed TV shows, and reports are not exactly happy they are picking this up, but the network has made shows like Supernatural, and considering the names involved, this could be good.
Per Deadline: The network has teamed with producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and writer Joe Hill for Tales From The Darkside, a reinvention of the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series by George A. Romero. Hill will write the project, which will keep the original series’ 30-minute format, for a summer run consideration. Hill, Kurtzman and Orci will executive produce with Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod for CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products is based. The project reunites Kurtzman and Orci with Hill, son of horror master Stephen King.
“Tales From the Darkside, which is in the vein of other genre anthology series like “Amazing Stories,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Outer Limits” and “Tales From the Crypt,” had a four-year syndicated run and is owned by CBS TV Studios sibling CBS TV Distribution.
Each episode of this TV series depicts a short, strange tale…with a twist! With eerie stories vaguely reminiscent of ‘The Twilight Zone,’ viewers learn to appreciate that things are often not as they seem. The usual plot formula is comprised of an initial normal, mundane situation that gradually begins to get off-kilter, with suspense building up to the final, chilling, surprise conclusion.
Another TV series in the works, this time with Paramount, is the long gestating reboot of the classic romantic ghost story, Ghost, which starred Demi Moore and the late Patrick Swayze.
Per The Wrap: Paramount has hired Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner to write the pilot for “Ghost,” a TV series the studio is planning based on the Patrick Swayze film. ”Ghost” won two Oscars and was nominated for three others in 1990.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Akiva and Jeff, two deeply creative and accomplished talents, on the television adaptation of this classic supernatural drama,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell said in a statement.
In case you haven’t seen the original film, here is the synopsis for it:
Sam and Molly are a very happy couple and deeply in love. Walking back to their new apartment after a night out at the theatre, they encounter a thief in a dark alley, and Sam is murdered. He finds himself trapped as a ghost and realises that his death was no accident. He must warn Molly about the danger that she is in. But as a ghost he can not be seen or heard by the living, and so he tries to communicate with Molly through Oda Mae Brown, a psychic who didn’t even realise that her powers were real.