A week can’t go by without hearing about a new reboot of a classic film or show these days and this time it’s Rod Serling‘s ‘Night Gallery‘ getting a fresh coat of paint. The new anthology series is slated to be developed for Syfy which has Jeff Davis (‘Teen Wolf’) & David Janollari (‘Midnight, Texas’) at the helm. Currently, the project is set to be co-produced by Universal TV and Universal Cable Prods. The pick up by the studios has resulted from what is being described as a competitive situation though it isn’t clear which studios were after the property.
The new take on ‘Night Gallery’ is said to “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.”
For those unfamiliar with ‘Night Gallery,’ it was one of the earlier horror anthology series and ran from 1969 to 1973 on NBC. It was the creators’ follow up to the wildly successful ‘The Twilight Zone,’ and have Serling host the show from what looked to be an art gallery setting. In it, he would reveal a painting which would serve as an illustration for the story that viewers were about to see. Of note, the pilot episode was directed by a 21-year-old Steven Spielberg in his first professional directing job and was handpicked by Sterling to handle it.
We already know that CBS All Access is rebooting ‘The Twilight Zone’ with Jordan Peele so it will be interesting to see how these two take the classic Serling properties and reboot them for today’s audiences.
I love much of Syfy’s original content these days so when I see that they’re trying to reboot an anthology series, I can’t help but hope that my reboot biases aren’t clouding what could end up being a great series.
Are you excited at the prospect of a reboot for ‘Night Gallery’ or should Syfy have just gone with an original series? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Deadline Hollywood