Beautiful spooky times are returning to Showtime.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that the critically acclaimed horror drama, Penny Dreadful, will be revived on Showtime. However, it’s not going to feature our beloved characters from the original three season run. Showrunner John Logan is set to return for the next chapter in the Dreadful universe titled Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. This series will feature new characters set in 1930s Los Angeles and has been described to be a “spiritual descendant” to the original Victorian London based series.
This new story line will follow what Showtime describes as:
“a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.” Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the devil, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will explore a mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a historical backdrop.
The Dreadful showrunner has specified the new direction the show will be exploring in the following quote:
“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines,” Logan said. “We will now be grappling with specific historical and real-world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.”
Though this “descendant” of the beloved Victorian drama will not feature the classic characters like Frankenstein and Dracula, it will be fascinating to see more diverse folklore explored on a premium platform. If done correctly (which, with the original showrunner on board, is likely the case), the California setting will allow for writers to delve deep into Mexican-American mythology and perhaps even incorporate Native American folklore.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter