ABC Family Developing Slasher Series Dead of Summer

By John Squires

Thanks to shows like MTV’s “Scream” and FOX’s “Scream Queens,” slasher villains have been taking over the small screen in a big way this year, and it looks like that’s a budding trend that will continue for years to come. Because ABC Family has its own ’80s-inspired series on the way.

Deadline reports that the network, soon to be re-branded Freeform, has given a straight-to-series order to “Dead of Summer,” a horror drama from “Once Upon a Time” creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, along with writer Ian Goldberg.

The series is described as part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story. It is set in the late 1980s when school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.

“‘Dead of Summer’ is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong – really, really wrong,” said ABCF EVP Karey Burke. “The horror genre is new for us, and I’m thrilled to have Adam, Eddy, and Ian bring their immeasurable talent to our network and usher us into this new space.”

“Dead of Summer” is produced by ABC Signature Studios and Kitsis/Horowitz. Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, and Ian Goldberg will write and executive produce the series.

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