The CW is rebooting Dark Shadows again! Dark Shadow: Reincarnation will be a sequel series and is in the works now.
Dark Shadows is officially coming back!
Earlier this week, Deadline reported that The CW will once again attempt to resurrect Barnabas Collins to pay residents of Collinsport, Maine a visit. Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, will be the network’s second attempt at to reviving the classic series.
The first attempt by original series creator, Dan Curtis, back in 2005, failed to move beyond the pilot stage. Unlike the previous attempts at reviving the gothic horror favorite, Dark Shadows: Reincarnation will not be a remake. Instead, the new series will be a sequel, picking up the story in the present.
The article by Deadline describes the new series as “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 original Dark Shadows aired from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971, on ABC. While it might be a difficult concept for today’s youth to grasp, Dark Shadows was originally a soap opera airing after school in the afternoons. What started as your typical run-of-the-mill soap opera (with the occasional ghost), became a pop culture phenomenon with the arrival of Barnabas Collins (many are still shocked to discover that Barnabas does not appear until episode 211 of the series). Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) kick-started Dark Shadow mania, and he would go on to be the face of the Franchise over the next 53 years.
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The success of Dark Shadows launched two feature films: The House of Dark Shadows (1970) and the Barnabas-less Night of Dark Shadows (1971). Since those glory days of series, fans of Dan Curtis’s original series have had their ups-and-downs when it comes to revivals of the beloved classic. Curtis himself launched a short-lived revival for NBC back in 1991, and Tim Burton brought Dark Shadows to the big screen in 2012.
New showrunner Mark B. Perry will be writing the pilot, and executive producing. Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, and Tracy Mercer, along with Tracy Curtis and Cathy Curtis will also be involved with the production as reported by Deadline.
The popularity of Dark Shadows and the residents of Collinsport, Maine remains strong, with numerous novels, and audio plays produced by Big Finish (Doctor Who). With Mark B. Perry, a self-described fan of the original series, and the Curtis estate involved, fans longing for a return to the series glory days might finally have an adaptation that’s faithful to the gothic horror of the original.
Hulu currently has 282 of the massive 1,225 episodes of Dan Curtis’s original Dark Shadows streaming.