A “Dark Shadows” Sequel Series is In Development

Jonathan Frid in "Dark Shadows"

A sequel series to Dark Shadows is official in the world at The CW. 

According to Variety, the one-hour drama will be based on the original series from Dan Curtis. Dark Shadows: Reincarnation is set to 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 blueblood with every imaginable supernatural creature and horror.

The pilot was penned by Mark B. Perry, who will also executive produce alongside Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo and Tracy Mercer, and Tracy Curtis and Cathy Curtis.

“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. My plan is to take a few liberties as possible with the Dark Shadows canon while bearing in mind a quote from a 1970s episode delivered by the inimitable Oscar-nominee Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman: ‘The Collins family history is not particularly famous for its accuracy.’”