The iconic animated series Gargoyles is set for a thrilling return, but this time, it’s taking on a live-action form. Disney+ has announced the revival of the beloved show, and the masterminds behind this ambitious project are none other than the horror maestros James Wan and Gary Dauberman.
A Long-Awaited Return
After over two decades since its original airing, Gargoyles is making a much-anticipated comeback. The series, which originally ran from 1994 to 1997, has maintained a dedicated fanbase, eagerly awaiting its return in any form.
The Masters Behind the Revival
The new live-action adaptation is being spearheaded by James Wan, known for his work on horror hits like The Conjuring and Saw, and Gary Dauberman, the writer behind It and Annabelle Comes Home. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dauberman is set to write, executive produce, and serve as the showrunner, while Wan will be an executive producer through his Atomic Monster production company.
The Legacy of Gargoyles
For those unfamiliar with the series, Gargoyles follows the story of Goliath and his clan of gargoyles in Scotland during 994 A.D. After being betrayed by humans and cursed to sleep for a millennium, they are awakened in modern-day New York City, where they battle old and new enemies while trying to remain unnoticed.
Gargoyles originally ran for three seasons from 1994 to 1997. Though popular in its day, it has amassed a huge, loyal following in the decades since it has been off the air. For those who may need a refresher, the synopsis for the show reads as follows:
In Scotland, 994 A.D. Goliath and his clan of gargoyles are sworn to defend a medieval castle. Goliath has been tricked by humans and discovers that his entire clan has been destroyed. He and the remaining gargoyles are cursed to sleep for 1000 years. Billionaire David Xanatos buys the castle and moves it to New York City, making it his headquarters. When the castle is attacked the gargoyles are awakened and discovered by detectives Elisa Maza and David Xanatos. The gargoyles try to go unnoticed while battling both old and new enemies.
Previous Rumours and Speculations
Over the years, there have been numerous rumours about the potential return of Gargoyles. From comic book adaptations to toy lines and even talks of a movie directed by Jordan Peele, fans have been teased with the possibility of a revival. However, it’s only now that a concrete plan for a live-action series has been confirmed.
What to Expect
While specific details about the plot and casting remain under wraps, given the track record of both Wan and Dauberman, fans can expect a series that pays homage to the original while introducing new and exciting elements. The involvement of such prominent figures in the horror genre also suggests that the new Gargoyles might have a darker and more mature tone.
James Wan’s Expanding Portfolio
James Wan is no stranger to the world of TV series. He’s currently developing a King Kong TV series for Disney+, and his company, Atomic Monster, is on the verge of merging with the renowned horror production company, Blumhouse.
Final Thoughts on this new Gargoyles live-action series on Disney Plus
The announcement of a live-action Gargoyles series is exciting news for fans of the original show and newcomers alike. With the combined talents of James Wan and Gary Dauberman, the series promises to be a fresh and thrilling take on the classic story. As we await more details and the eventual release, fans can revisit the original Gargoyles series, currently streaming on Disney+.
What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to seeing what James Wan can do with this live-action Gargoyles series on Disney+?
You can stream the original Gargoyles cartoon on Disney+ right now.