Penny Dreadful lovers, rejoice! Showtime’s iconic Victorian gothic series is coming back. However, this time, the show will be set in central Los Angeles in 1938. The only bummer: Eva Green won’t be returning to the show. Instead of the world of Victorian London, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will be steeped in Mexican-American folklore. The spinoff will focus specifically on the deity of Santa Muerte, as well as the Devil. Showtime promises a show that combines the supernatural with a tense, social reality that wasn’t present in the original series.
In Showtime’s press release, creator, writer, and executive producer John Logan said, “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. 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”.
The original series was set in Victorian England. It featured iconic horror figures such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, and Dorian Grey. It starred the stunning Eva Green (Casino Royale) as the troubled Vanessa Ives, Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night) as Ethan Chandler, and Timothy Dalton (Hot Fuzz) as Sir Malcolm Murray.
Penny Dreadful was such a successful piece of horror television, so hopefully Logan creates something just as great in this spinoff series. Since he wrote the original series, I do have some faith. The only concern is that this series will be lacking Green’s Vanessa, a crucial part of the original series. It’ll be difficult to find someone to live up to her frightening performance.
Production is set to start in 2019. Make sure to keep checking back for updates about production and a release date! Were you a Penny Dreadful fan? Are you excited it’s coming back? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!