Vampires never die, and neither do really good partnerships. The Vampire Diaries creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson are working together on a new project for Peacock—one that got ordered straight to series. Dead Day, based on the comic series by writer Ryan Parrott and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov, focuses on the annual holiday “Dead Day,” when the dead return to life for just one day.
As the book’s summary explains, “Some come back to reunite with family and friends, others for one last night of debauchery, still others with only one thing on their decomposing mind: revenge.”
Plec and Williamson will write, executive produce, and co-showrun the series. They had been looking for something to work on together, Variety reports, and chose Dead Day because it has “all the ingredients we love as storytellers … Love, death, thrills and tears.”
Those things are definitely all elements of the wildly melodramatic and thoroughly entertaining Vampire Diaries (pictured above), the show for which Plec is best known (she also created its two spinoffs, Originals and Legacies). She is currently co-showrunner on Peacock’s upcoming Vampire Academy (which is about entirely different vampires). Williamson is also the creator of Dawson’s Creek, and he wrote three of the Scream movies. Their track record—working together or separately—is pretty much gold.
Dead Day writer Ryan Parrott is a consulting producer on the show, which has yet to announce any cast members or give a hint as to when it might premiere on Peacock.