Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa previously brought us dark takes on the world of Archie Comics world with the TV shows Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Neither series appealed to me much, but being a lover of old school Gothic I’m a bit more interested in his next two projects.
First up is The Shelley Society, which aims to be “a mash-up of gothic horror and teen romance” and is described as being a “Victorian X-Files“.
Young author Mary Shelley leads a band of Romantic outlaws – among them, her lovers Percy and Lord Byron – against all manner of supernatural threats and monsters… including Frankenstein author Shelley’s own iconic Creature.
HBO Max has ordered a pilot and even an additional script for a second episode. The mention of “teen romance” leads me to believe that this will be another teen-aimed series, which to be a bit disappointing especially considering some of the characters who are involved. But the idea certainly has potential.
Second is The Brides, which had previously been set up at NBC during the 2015-2016 season, but which never got off the ground.
A sexy, contemporary re-imagining of the Dracula saga as a family drama with a trio of powerful, diverse female leads. With strong horror elements, The Brides is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy – and their non-traditional family.
As long as it doesn’t push the feminism angle down our throats too much, this sounds like it should great!
We’ll let you now if there are any further developments on these….