The CW network seems to be stocking up on genre fare recently as previously we brought news of the network picking up a pilot order for supernatural drama, Dead People, now they have also picked up a pilot order for a reboot of the 80’s horror anthology series, Tales From the Darkside.
The CW originally envisioned the Tales From the Darkside reboot as a half-hour series for this coming summer. The project, from producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and writer Joe Hill, is now being piloted as an hourlong project for next season.
Hill wrote the adaptation of George A. Romero’s half-hour anthology series. Hill, Kurtzman and Orci 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.
Mitchell Galin (The Stand), K/O Paper Products president Heather Kadin and Jerry Golod — who produced the original Darkside — also are on board to executive produce the series.
The new Darkside is described as a reinvention of the horror/fantasy/thriller anthology and based on the 1980s series. Each episode will be completely different and contain at least one separate story, with new actors expected every hour — making it a true anthology in the vein of the original.
We’ll have more on this as it comes in.