Don’t get too excited about the return of original stars Eva Green or Josh Hartnett just yet. Penny Dreadful is coming back, but as a spinoff set across the pond and decades later. I wouldn’t hold your breath for Green or Harnett to appear in this incarnation.
The coming of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels comes two years after Showtime ended the gothic horror series. It will take place in Los Angeles in 1938, as opposed to the original series, which took place in Victorian-era London. Original creator and executive producer John Logan is set to return in both roles, with Michael Aguilar (Kidding) joining him as executive producer.
“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines,” Logan said. “We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.”
According to Deadline, the series takes place in “1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop.”
“We were so thrilled when John Logan came to us with this wildly original take on the Penny Dreadful mythology that explores both the human spirit and the spirit world here in California,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks. “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels promises to be an extraordinary saga of familial love set against the terrifying monsters that are around us and within us.”
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