Like the creations of Doctor Frankenstein, Showtime's Penny Dreadful is rising from the dead in a sequel titled City of Angels.
Set in Los Angeles during the late 1930s, it seems that the follow-up series will be more of an anthology approach with no connection to the London-based exploits of Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett). Per an announcement from Showtime, the plot will revolve around "Mexican-American folklore and social tension." The latter comes from the conflict between two religious groups, one that worships the benevolent god Santa Muerte, the other worshipping Satan.
“We were so thrilled when John Logan came to us with this wildly original take on the Penny Dreadful mythology that explores both the human spirit and the spirit world here in California,” said Showtime's president of programming, Gary Levine. “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels promises to be an extraordinary saga of familial love set against the terrifying monsters that are around us and within us."
The show's creator, Oscar winner Logan, is returning as writer and executive producer for the sequel.
“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,” Logan said in a statement. “We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues... 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.”
Production on City of Angels is expected to kick off in 2019.
The original series ran for a total of 27 episodes across three seasons between 2014 and 2016. The term "Penny dreadful" refers to the cheap reading material in 19th Century England that told stories considered to be less-than-respectable: thrillers, mysteries, and, of course, horror. Using a number of classic characters like Dracula, Frankenstein, Mina Harker, Dorian Gray, and Henry Jekyll, Showtime's Penny Dreadful put a new and unique spin on what many considered to be properties with no more life left in them.
While many were disappointed at the cancellation of the series (which racked up Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), it did live on in a series of comics from Titan books. A prequel story was released in 2016, while a follow-up to the Season 3 finale hit shelves this year.