Another attempt at a Dark Shadows reboot is coming

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‘Dark Shadows’ Gets New Blood As CW, Warner Bros Television Set Pilot Script Deal For Mark B. Perry

The CW and Warner Bros Television has made a deal to develop Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, an hourlong gothic horror drama based on the 1966 Dan Curtis-created cult classic TV soap opera. The pilot will be written by Mark B. Perry, whose credits include Revenge, Ghost Whisperer and Brothers & Sisters. He will be exec producer along with Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo and Tracy Mercer, along with Tracy Curtis and Cathy Curtis.

The re-imagined 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 intention here is to harken back to the original, which was so popular it actually saw Shakespearean actor Jonathan Frid become as popular in the teen magazines as the young heartthrobs of the moment, for his role as the vampire Barnabas Collins.
Last time they tried it for television was in 2004. And as you can see - they've already CW-fied it; "sexy saga", smh.
 

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Mark B. Perry confirms it's a continuation/sequel and not a remake:

Dark Shadows is emerging from its coffin after a very long slumber: A sequel to the campy 1960s vampire soap is in the works at The CW, according to our sister site Deadline.

The new series, titled Dark Shadows: Resurrections, would be a continuation of the original cult classic, catching up with the supernatural Collins family in modern-day Collinsport, Maine. The tone of Resurrections will reportedly “harken back to the original,” with Mark B. Perry (Revenge, Brothers & Sisters) penning the pilot.

Originally created by Dan Curtis, Dark Shadows debuted on ABC in 1966 and brought vampires, ghosts and zombies to daytime TV, amassing a loyal viewership until it signed off in 1971. NBC aired a short-lived remake in 1991, and The WB developed a new version in 2004 that didn’t make it past the pilot stage. Dark Shadows even got the big-budget movie treatment in 2012, with Tim Burton directing and Johnny Depp starring as vampire Barnabas Collins.

“As a first-generation fan, it’s been a dream of mine to give Dark Shadows the Star Trek treatment since way back in the ’80s when Next Generation was announced, so I’m beyond thrilled and humbled to be entrusted with this resurrection,” Perry said in a statement. “And while I could never hope to fill Dan Curtis’ very large shoes, I do aspire to carry them a little farther into the future. 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.”
https://tvline.com/2019/09/09/dark-shadows-resurrections-sequel-the-cw-pilot/#more-1096964
 

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This is added pressure to try and finish the original that I didn't need!
 

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I bet there is ZERO atmosphere in it.
 

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Not Just Another Teen Vampire Show?
I bet Barnabas is like 26, has washboard abs, a tan and is broody and mysterious. I mean, I might be down for that... But whatever.
 
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