TVLine is reporting that The CW is teaming up with Locke & Key comic writer (and son of Stephen King) Joe Hill to reboot the horror anthology TV series, Tales From the Darkside. The original series, executive produced by George Romero, ran from 1983-1988 for a total of 90 episodes and concluded with Tales From the Darkside: The Movie in 1990. The original series featured the behind-the-scenes talents of Romero, Tom Savini, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Jodie Foster and Michael Gornick, amongst many others. The CW has a script deal with Hill to write the new reboot which is described as a 30-minute reinvention of the ’80s TV series. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow, Star Trek) will executive produce the series.
I must confess that I’ve not seen a single episode of the original series but this news has me rather excited. For one, a new horror anthology TV series will always be met with enthusiasm from me. I love Tales from the Crypt and would love to see a resurgence of the horror anthology genre on television. I’m also psyched for Joe Hill to be tackling the series as I really liked his work on Locke & Key. I don’t know if his involvement would continue past the creation of the series but I sure hope he’d stay on to write multiple episodes and/or help guide the series.
I just hope that Tales From the Darkside finds its return to TV to be a successful one as I’d love to see some interest in bringing Tales From the Crypt back. I know I’d be up for some more tongue-in-cheek Cryptkeeper puns.
by Ben McBride
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