EXCLUSIVE: Another classic Rod Serling anthology series is getting a revival. In a competitive situation, Syfy has landed a re-imagination of Night Gallery, from Teen Wolf creator/executive producer Jeff Davis and Midnight, Texas executive producer David Janollari. Picked up for development, the project will be co-produced by Universal TV, where David Janollari Entertainment is based, and Universal Cable Prods.
Night Gallery, which ran on NBC from 1969-73 on NBC, was Sterling’s supernatural/horror follow-up to his sci-fi-themed anthology series The Twilight Zone. Serling was the host of Night Gallery, appearing in an art gallery setting to introduce each segment of an episode by unveiling a painting that illustrated the story (you can watch a promo below).
Serling, who also was one of the main writers on the series, is said to have handpicked then-21-year-old Steven Spielberg to direct a segment in the pilot episode, which he had written. The segment, which starred Hollywood icon Joan Crawford, marked Spielberg’s first professional directing job.
Night Gallery has influenced top genre filmmakers including Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro, who called watching “The Doll“ episode of the anthology series he saw as a child the most scared he’s ever been.
Created by Davis, who reinvented Teen Wolf as a dark, supernatural genre series for the millennial generation, the Night Gallery reboot will update the series for the digital age. Featuring dark and twisted morality tales paired with Serling’s specific brand of irony, Night Gallery will explore and exploit every modern nightmare imaginable, mining our fears of the dangers of social media.
Davis will executive produce with Janollari via his David Janollari Entertainment. The project reunites the duo who launched together Davis’ Teen Wolf on MTV during Janollari’s tenure as the network’s head of programming. Universal TV, which has rights to Night Gallery, co-produces with corporate sibling UCP.
Davis also created CBS’ long-running crime drama Criminal Minds. Janollari executive produces NBC’s supernatural drama series Midnight, Texas, based on Charlaine Harris’ books, which is now airing its second season.
Serling’s The Twilight Zone is getting a reboot by CBS All Access with Joran Peele as host, narrator and executive producer.