- Gargoyles, the beloved animated show, will be remade into a live-action show on Disney+.
- James Wan's production company, Atomic Monster, will be involved in producing the revival.
- Gary Dauberman, known for his work on the Annabelle and It films, will be in charge of writing and showrunning the live-action Gargoyles series on Disney+.
Gargoyles is getting a live-action remake at Disney+. The animated show originally ran for three seasons between 1994 and 1997, following the adventures of a group of enchanted ancient gargoyles who are transported from Scotland to modern-day New York City, where they are reawakened and become vigilante heroes under the cover of darkness (as they turn to stone during the daylight hours). The voice cast of the show included Keith David, Frank Welker, Ed Asner, Marina Sirtis, and Jonathan Frakes.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Disney+ is currently in development on a live-action revival of the iconic Gargoyles cartoon. On board to produce is Atomic Monster, the company founded by James Wan, whose directorial efforts include The Conjuring, Furious 7, and Aquaman. The show will be executive produced, written, and showrun by Gary Dauberman, a frequent Wan collaborator who is best known for writing the Annabelle trilogy and the It duology.
What Will James Wan & Gary Dauberman's Gargoyles Look Like?
While this update brings a new team on board for the Gargoyles reboot, a revival of the show has been in development periodically in the decades since it went off the air. This includes the unmade Gargoyles movie that involved a revolving door of behind-the-scenes talent. While the presence of Wan and Dauberman might seem surprisingly horror-centric for the family-friendly streaming service, one of the movie pitches Disney heard previously came from Get Out and Nope director Jordan Peele, indicating that they may already have been interested in pushing a slightly scarier version of the original show.
So far, the only previous television collaboration between Wan and Dauberman was Swamp Thing, which ran for one season in 2019. The live-action reimagining of the iconic DC Comics property leaned heavily on the horror-tinged and monstrous elements present in the original stories. It is currently unclear if they intend to take the same approach with Gargoyles, though it's possible given the rogues' gallery of monsters at the center of the original show.
Disney+ has also been experimenting more with family-friendly horror in recent years. Last year's Marvel Cinematic Universe special Werewolf by Night utilized a great deal of horror imagery, and their new Goosebumps reboot show has also upped the scare quotient on the streaming platform. It does indeed seem like they may be setting the stage for a grittier iteration of Gargoyles, though it remains to be seen how the show shapes up during development.