Almost every cartoon-lover who grew up in the 1990s with a soft spot for a rag-tag gang of gargoyles is getting excited for the live action debut of a popular TV series.
Almost 30 years after arguably setting the stage for darker grittier cartoons, Gargoyles is set to be remade as a live action series for Disney+
Gary Dauberman, best known for his work on the Annabelle horror movies, is set to write, executive produce and showrun the series, which had originally aired from 1994 to 1997.
SHOWRUNNER: Gary Dauberman
Despite its relatively short three-year run, the series has gained a cult following over the years. It revolves around a group of gargoyle statues moved from a castle in Scotland to modern-day New York, where they awaken from a 1,000-year-old spell and protect the city, essentially being “stone by day, warriors by night”.
Over the span of 78 half-hour episodes, the gargoyles’ leader Goliath and his clan, deal with supernatural threats while adjusting to their new world.
The series, created by Greg Weisman, came during a time of innovation in series animation, with Gargoyles riding a wave of shows with more complex storylines and darker tones that also included Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men.
As with those shows, Gargoyles burrowed into the consciousness of a generation of TV watchers who have given it cult status.
Gary, the showrunner for the new series, made a name for himself in the horror world, with Annabelle, the Conjuring spinoff The Nun, Swamp Thing and the two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
The new project is said to be ‘in early development’ and no release schedule has been announced.