Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is looking for a possible heir to her throne, and she is hoping to find one via a new reality project being shopped to broadcast and cable networks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cassandra Peterson, who created the character 25 years ago and has portrayed her in numerous shows and movies, and her manager, Eric Gardner of Panacea Entertainment, have teamed with reality TV producers Stuart Krasnow and FremantleMedia North America to pitch an unscripted project featuring contestants competing for a one-year contract to portray the character in various personal appearances.
The contestants would be put through elimination challenges designed to parody some of the most popular reality shows but with a macabre twist, with Peterson (in character) serving as a sort of mentor -- or "tormentor," as she puts it -- and judges making the final determination on who gets eliminated.
FMNA, which produces shows like Fox's American Idol, would produce. Peterson and Gardner would executive produce.
Peterson likens the idea of finding a new Elvira to that of Batman and Bozo the Clown, characters played by several actors over the years. "Obviously, I don't want to be walking around dressed up like Elvira when I'm 105 years old," Peterson said.
Peterson has appeared as Elvira in numerous feature films and television programs including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) and Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985).