Once Creators Head to Summer Camp for "Dead of Summer"

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Upon watching Final Girls (fantastic, watch it) the other day, Bri and I were discussing how summer camp horror movies aren’t really attempted any more, especially if set in modern days, because there’s so many things that would make it seem unbelievable, such as everyone has a cell phone, camps have cameras, etc so maybe no one has tried..

and then this news came…

Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis will be making a summer horror camp series for ABC Family.

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have received a series order for a project titled Dead of Summer from ABC Family (a.k.a. the Network Soon to Be Known as “Freeform”). Once Upon writer Ian Goldberg is also on board as the showrunner for the project which represents ABC Family’s first-ever horror series.

Dead of Summer is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong – really, really wrong,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president of programming for ABC Family. “The horror genre is new for us and I’m thrilled to have Adam, Eddy and Ian bring their immeasurable talent to our network and usher us into this new space.”

We’re hearing the show was originally pitched as a “John Hughes meets John Carpenter” anthology series,* with the first season set in 1989.

Makes sense, the setting, and “flashback shows,” of that glorious 1980’s to 1990’s decade are all the rage.

The official series logline: “Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, Dead of Summer is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.”

The title sounds like a Christopher Pike or Goosebumps novel.

Thoughts? Also, still totally hate the name of “Freeform.” Why not ABCNext?

(Image is from Final Girls because there’s no stills from Dead of Summer yet)

Alex is a lawyer and opinionated.

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