The CW got on the board today with its first pilot orders for the season — a remake of the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series Tales From the Darkside and disaster drama Cordon, from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals‘ showrunner Julie Plec and director David Nutter. Also heating up for a pilot order at the CW has been the Tom Kapinos/Bad Robot drama Dead People. The network is looking to pick up 5-6 hourlong pilots this season, in line with last year.
The CW originally envisioned the Tales From the Darkside reboot as a half-hour series for this coming summer. The project, from producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and writer Joe Hill, is now being piloted as an hourlong project for next season.
Hill wrote the adaptation of George A. Romero’s half-hour anthology series. Hill, Kurtzman and Orci executive produce with Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod for CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products is based. The project reunites Kurtzman and Orci with Hill, son of horror master Stephen King. The three previously worked together on Locke & Key, a drama adaptation of Hill’s graphic novel, which went to pilot at Fox. Tales From The Darkside, which is in the vein of other genre anthology series like Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt, had a four-year syndicated run and is owned by CBS TV Studios sibling CBS TV Distribution.
This marks the second pilot order for K/O this season, joining drama Limitless at CBS.
Based upon the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Cordon is in the vein of Under the Dome. When a deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a large city quarantine is quickly enforced, leaving those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. Loved ones are tragically torn apart, and the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes. Plec wrote the script, with Nutter, helmer of the pilots for the CW’s Arrow and The Flash, directing. The two executive produce for Warner Bros. TV, where they are based, My So-Called Company and Eyeworks.