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.