"...there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a darkside." Brought to life by living dead legend George A. Romero, anthology series Tales From the Darkside was The Twilight Zone of the 1980's, delivering stories brimming with horror, science fiction, and dark humor into living rooms from ’84–’88, and continuing to bring the chills and thrills decades later as reruns. Since 2013, a reboot of Tales From the Darkside has been in the works, but now The CW has made it official by ordering the pilot episode.
Deadline reports that an hour-long Tales From the Darkside pilot has been ordered by The CW for their 2015–’16 schedule. The reimagining of Tales From the Darkside was penned by Joe Hill (Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key), who will executive produce the project along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin, and Jerry Golod.
Time will tell whether or not the Tales From the Darkside reboot will get picked up for a full first season, as we'll have to wait and see how the folks at The CW react to the pilot episode once it's completed.
The original Tales From the Darkside was a spinoff of Romero's Creepshow efforts. An interesting thing to note is that Hill is Stephen King’s son and appeared in the original Creepshow.
Previously, Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci, and Joe Hill worked together on a TV adaptation of Hill's Locke & Key comic book series at Fox. Though it never moved past the pilot stage at that network, Universal picked it up and is looking to make a feature film with the material, setting Albert Torres (Henry Poole is Here) to write the script.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on The CW's Tales From the Darkside reboot.