Last week, I had the pleasure of reporting on the development of a CW produced revival of classic '80s anthology series 'Tales from the Darkside.' Unfortunately, while the show is still happening, it seems that the reports of the new 'Darkside' retaining the anthology format were greatly exaggerated. That sound you just heard was my bubble bursting.
In a new interview with MTV, author and screenwriter Joe Hill (son of Stephen King, who had several stories adapted for the original 'Darkside' series) set the record straight on how the reboot will work.
"Well, for starters, the show is just called 'Darkside,'" Hill said. "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." Hill also describes the project as a "descendant, not a reanimation." Sigh, it appears that the once treasured horror anthology show format will remain dead and buried for now.
Hill adds that while he will indeed pen the pilot, he would only be a creative supervisor on future episodes, due to his publishing commitments. He does at least say that he would like to use short stories (such as his own 'PopArt') as the basis for episode plots, even if the characters and setting don't change every week.
The current goal for a prospective first season of 'Darkside' (according to Hill) is making 11-13 half hour episodes, which would likely air in the summer of 2014. That is "unless the pilot sucks, in which case I would expect zero episodes."
Finally, Hill reaffirmed that no progress has been made in getting his previous 'Locke & Key' pilot made into a movie: "It's been snared in an endless series of contractual negotiations. Universal took a long, long time to come through with an acceptable contract for myself and IDW. Now they're dealing with a bureaucracy as labyrinthine and implacable as their own: FOX TV. Uni wants to avoid spending $25 million on a movie, and then have FOX steal their thunder by releasing a three-year-old pilot."
Are you disappointed to learn that the new 'Darkside' won't be an anthology series? Do you still plan to tune in to the pilot?