In development since November 2013, The CW Network has officially ordered a pilot for their Tales from the Darkside reboot. Joe Hill, the author of Horns, Locke & Key and the son of celebrated novelist Stephen King, is writing the pilot script and executive producing alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
The original horror anthology series, which was created by George A. Romero, ran for four seasons on CBS between 1984 and 1988. It was later adapted for the big screen in 1990's Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. Each episode of the show told an individual short story with a twist, in the same vein as other programs such as Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Tales from the Crypt. The show typically stayed within the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres, but certain episodes featured more dark comedy or lighthearted themes.
Joe Hill, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are executive producing alongsdie Heather Kadin, Mitchell Galin and Jerry Golod. The pilot episode doesn't have a director secured at this time, and it isn't known when production may begin. It also isn't known if original series creator George A. Romero will be involved in the show at this time.
In related news, The CW has issued two more pilot orders for projects from The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec and Californication creator Tom Kapinos. Julie Plec's Cordon is based on a Beligan series, set in the aftermath of a large epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, centering on a group of people caught on the outside of a city-wide quarantine. Tom Kapinos' Dead People follows an alcoholic cab driver who can communicate with the dead, including his ex-wife, following a near-death experience. J.J. Abrams is serving as an executive producer alongside Tom Kapinos.