ABC Family – which is set to rebrand as Freeform in 2016 – has handed out a straight-to-series order to Dead Of Summer, a horror series from Once Upon A Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, TVWise has learned.
Dead Of Summer is set in the late 1980s at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp where a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, 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.
The straight-to-series order, which is understood to be for ten episodes, was based on a multiple-script commitment and penalty. Once Upon A Time scribes Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Ian Goldberg are penning the scripts for the series and will also serve as executive producers. ABC Studios boutique division ABC Signature will serve as the studio.
“Dead of Summer is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong – really, really wrong”, said Karey Burke, ABC Family’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Development. “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”.
ABC Family has been busy of late, with Dead Of Summer being the fifth project to have scored a series order at the network in the past few months. The network previously handed out series orders to Guilt, their Amanda Knox like drama; Shadowhunters, a new TV adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments; an as-yet Untitled Nicki Minaj Comedy; and supernatural drama Beyond, from Heroes creator Tim Kring.