‘Once Upon A Time’ Creators Land ABC Family Summer Camp Horror Series

Dead of Summer ABC Family

ABC Family has given a straight-to-series order to a summer camp-themed horror anthology from “Once Upon A Time” creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, plus “OUAT” writer Ian Goldberg.

The trio will serve as writers and exec producers on the project for ABC Family — soon to be renamed Freeform — which hails from ABC Signature Studios and Kitsis’Horowitz.

Set in the late ’80s, “Dead of Summer” takes place at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp known for first loves, first kisses — and first kills. Throughout the season, Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens and what was supposed to be a summer of fun turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.

The show is described as part coming-of-age story and part supernatural horror story.

“’Dead of Summer’ is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong — really, really wrong. 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,” said Karey Burke, exec vice president of programming and development at ABC Family.

While Variety has confirmed the project is set to be an anthology, there is no word on what phase two will bring after summer camp has come to a close.

No strangers to the family of ABC, Horowitz and Kitsis’ hit fantasy series “Once Upon A Time” is currently in its fifth season on ABC.

For ABC Family, “Dead of Summer” marks the first-ever horror anthology series for the young-skewing network. “Ravenswood,” a short-lived spinoff of its hit “Pretty Little Liars,” also dealt with supernatural and mystery.

“Dead of Summer” joins the cabler’s amped-up slate of original scripted content, as the net heads into new rebranded territory. Projects also include a Nicki Minaj comedy series, the Amanda Knox-inspired London murder mystery “Guilt” and a series from “Heroes” creator Tim Kring, titled “Beyond.” Also coming up is the hotly anticipated “Shadowhunters” saga series, based on “The Mortal Instruments” phenomenon.

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  1. Ray Donovan says:

    Adam Horowitz said on twitter that he doesn’t promise to write good stories. The reason that OUAT has 5 seasons is because OUAT had a built in audience that loves Disney and will watch anything Disney related. However, the quality of OUAT is horrific with its constant killing of PoC characters, reducing strong women to be props for bland, useless men, its consistent plot holes and confusing timelines, I personally would never watch anything with Adam or Eddy Kitsis names. They are hacks but I guess as long as you a mediocre white man in Hollywood, you can still get work.

    • Grace says:

      I still love all of the main characters, or their original concepts from S1-S3A at lest, like Emma, Regina, Rumple, Belle, Snow, Charming, and Henry. But yeah, they’ve all been fucked over more and more since 3B. A&E are straight, white, cis, narrow-minded idiots who seem to have personal biases against their characters who are women, the LGBTQ community, people of color, those who suffer from obvious signs of mental illness, have a disability, etc, and they don’t want to. In fact, they bully and/or marginalize those characters that are different. A&E don’t know what it’s like to be anything outside of their privileged group at all, so no matter how fantastic the cast is, of course, it doesn’t matter because it’s going to be a ton of bullshit at the end of it all, anyway.

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