Paramount to Develop TV Series Based on the Jerry Zucker Film, GHOST; CW Reboots TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE Series with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci

     November 12, 2013


Here’s some news on the latest TV adaptations:

  • Paramount is recreating Jerry Zucker’s 1990 film, Ghost, as a TV series.  The film starred Patrick Swayze as a murdered man who attempted to avenge his death after becoming a ghost.  Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner will write the pilot.
  • The CW is looking to reboot Tales from the Darkside, the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series by George A. Romero.  Joe Hill will write the half-hour series and will produce alongside Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.

Hit the jump for more on both projects. 

The Wrap reportsghost-poster that Paramount will be developing Ghost as part of their newly launched TV division.  The studio is looking to develop its own properties – like Ghost  in this manner, but will also produce original programming.  Goldsman won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his writing on A Beautiful Mind and is currently making his directorial debut on Winter’s Tale.  Pinkner has done screenplay work on both of The Amazing Spider-Man sequels, along with a long line of TV work, including collaboration with Goldsman on Fringe.

Deadline reports that The CW may land the Tales from the Darkside series reboot.  Hill knows a bit about horror as he is the son of acclaimed author, Stephen King.  The project will reunite Hill, Kurtzman and Orci, who previously collaborated on the failed series adaptation, Locke & Key.  The show is in the vein of Amazing Stories,The Twilight ZoneThe Outer Limits and Tales From The Cryptand the original enjoyed a four-year run.  Kurtzman and Orci are currently enjoying the success of their freshman supernatural series, Sleepy Hollow.