CW developing new “TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE” with Joe Hill


A resurgence in cinematic anthologies, and possibly the anthology-like nature of each season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, has no doubt led to the return of the anthology to its natural home: television. The CW will develop a new iteration of the George Romero-created TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE for a summer 2014 run with acclaimed author Joe Hill (HEART SHAPED BOX, HORNS, LOCKE & KEY) attached to write. 

Executive Produced, as it seems everything will be in our lifetime, by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the new TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE will air in half hour installments. No further details as of yet.

The original TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE ran for four seasons from 1984-1988, and saw contributions from Romero, Tom Savini and more. TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE hit in 1990 and adapted “Cat From Hell” from Stephen King, the father of Joe Hill. [Variety]

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  • Richie

    I’m sorry, but if Orci & Kurtzman are attached, it’s a no-starter for me. After they defacated all over STAR TREK and managed to turn one of the most terrifying characters from my childhood, the Headless Horseman, into a joke, then I have zero interest in this. No offense to Joe Hill, but I’ll pass. I’ve got marvelous memories of being simultaneously delighted and terrified by the original series, and I’ll stick with my dvd’s of it.

  • DarklingMagick

    I hope they use the old opening and closing narration, that was the eeriest part. “Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality BUT there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real but not as brightly lit.” and “The Darkside is always there. Waiting for us to enter, waiting to enter us. Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.” And they need someone like John Glover (who used to do Haunted History) to read it. They also had better not make the entire anthology cast teenagers just because it is CW.

    Also you should have mentioned that Joe’s Daddy, Stephen King, wrote an episode or two of the original show.

  • Dennis Rubino

    Trying to find the episode with that little white guy that lives under the bed

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