The Collins brood, best known for appearing in Dark Shadows – both the 1960s gothic soap opera and the 2012 feature film – are returning to TV. But it’s not a reboot of the classic series, it’s a spinoff. Titled Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, the show will air on American network The CW.
According to Deadline, who first broke the news, the show 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 plan seems to be to make a show more in line with the original 60s version, rather than Tim Burton‘s 2012 movie. That film wasn’t received too well and didn’t make the kind of money worth revisiting, so this news likely has nothing to do with that.
Warner Bros. Television is the studio behind the series. Mark B. Perry (Revenge) will write the pilot episode. He released a statement regarding his intentions for the show:
“I’m beyond thrilled and humbled to be entrusted with this resurrection […] I also want to reassure the fans of the original that this version will treat the show’s mythology with the same reverence given to Star Trek, but will also make the show accessible for audiences who aren’t yet familiar with the macabre world of the Collinses”.
It’s debatable whether a Dark Shadows series will work in contemporary times. However, The CW has had success with its Archie update Riverdale, so maybe they’re hoping for something similar here. We’ll wait and see.