Last week we told you that The CW network had teamed with producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and writer Joe Hill for “Tales From the Darkside,” a reinvention of the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series by George A. Romero. Today we have more.
In an interview with MTV, writer Joe Hill revealed that the show is just called “Darkside,” and it really is a reinvention, not a reboot. “My feeling is, in the wake of shows like ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Fringe,’ the days when you could do a straightforward horror anthology are over,” says Hill, who describes the new show as a “descendant, not a reanimation,” adding that while he is writing the pilot, if the show does get picked up, he’ll be more of a “curator” than a lead writer due to commitments writing novels.
“Darkside” will still draw on short stories for some of its structure and plots. Hill notes the creators have already discussed authors Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, and C. Robert Cargill, though no official offers have gone out. “I would love if director Amanda Boyle could remake ‘Pop Art’ at the 22-minute length, but that’s just an idle thought,” Hill added, citing a short film made from one of Hill’s own short stories.
Though the show is clearly still very much a work in progress, Hill says the 2014 premiering project will have 11 to 13 episodes, “unless the pilot sucks, in which case I would expect zero episodes.”
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