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Joe Hill drops a few Tales from the Darkside tidbits

11.18.2013by: Eric Walkuski

As you probably know by now, The CW is remaking "Tales from the Darkside" and has tapped Joe Hill (HORNS) and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (STAR TREK) to oversee the new version of the classic horror series. It's not likely that it will much resemble the 80s TV show, which was produced by George Romero among others, but will it still be cut from the same cloth?

Hill spoke to MTV recently and gave the world an idea of what we can expect from the show.

"Well, for starters, the show is just called 'Darkside,' " Hill told MTV News via e-mail. "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."

Sounds like "Darkside" will ditch the anthology format altogether, which is an interesting way to go about it. If it's just going to be another serialized sci-fi horror show, then what's the point of basing it on "Tales from the Darkside."

Hill calls the series a "descendant, not a reanimation", and expects the first season to run approximately 11 to 13 episodes. The author also mentioned a few intriguing names he'd evidently like to have involved: Neil Gaiman (Sandman"), C. Robert Cargill (SINISTER) and author Kelly Link. None of them have officially been invited to participate, however.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think it's a good idea for the new "Tales from the Darkside" to shy away from the anthology format?
Source: MTV

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6:03AM on 11/19/2013

Nope

Well my excitement for this just went out the window.
Well my excitement for this just went out the window.
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6:22PM on 11/18/2013
I am willing to be hip to this news. The title Tales from the Darkside piggybacks the new CW series on the respected syndicated show's good name. But, the title Darkside can simply make its own way. The new show might parasitically benefit from some association with Romero's series. But, many younger viewers will not make the association, and the phrase "darkside" is owned neither by CBS nor Star Wars nor DC Comics (w/ Darkseid) nor anyone else. The CW Darkside can create its own
I am willing to be hip to this news. The title Tales from the Darkside piggybacks the new CW series on the respected syndicated show's good name. But, the title Darkside can simply make its own way. The new show might parasitically benefit from some association with Romero's series. But, many younger viewers will not make the association, and the phrase "darkside" is owned neither by CBS nor Star Wars nor DC Comics (w/ Darkseid) nor anyone else. The CW Darkside can create its own identity.

BTW, Hill wrong. The X-Files did not kill anthology horror on TV. The Outer Limits, the new Twilight Zone, Masters of Horror, and Fear Itself all followed The X-Files.
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6:19PM on 11/18/2013

Hmmmm?

My guess is that is will be more like "American Horror Story" (except scary and well written) with each season dedicated to one story.
My guess is that is will be more like "American Horror Story" (except scary and well written) with each season dedicated to one story.
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