“Vampire Diaries” creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson’s planned adaptation of the comic book series “Dead Day” is no longer moving forward at Peacock, Variety is reporting.
The move comes despite the fact the show was ordered straight-to-series at the NBCUniversal-owned streamer back in January 2022. Plec and Williamson were to serve as writers, executive producers, and co-showrunners on the series, with Universal Television producing. Plec remains under her overall deal at UTV, which she signed in 2020. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the studio is planning to shop “Dead Day” to other outlets. Peacock had bought the series preemptively so this will mark the first time it has been shown to other buyers.
For Plec, she still has the series “The Girls on the Bus” at HBO Max and recently opened a writers’ room for the mystery drama “Freeman” for Peacock. She also has other projects set up at Peacock, Amazon, and Netflix. Williamson recently produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the Peacock slasher film “Sick,” and is an executive producer on the recent fifth “Scream” film, with the sixth due to be released later this year.
Per the official logline, “Dead Day” follows “an ensemble of characters as they navigate the annual ‘dead day,’ when for one night the dead come back to complete unfinished business, be that to celebrate a night back on earth or to torment the living.” The series was published by Aftershock Comics and was created by writer Ryan Parrott and artist Evgeny Bornyakov.
It is unknown if this cancellation is related to Aftershock’s recent financial troubles.