Disney its turning Gargoyles, its animated cult classic from the 90s, into a live-action TV series for its streaming service. It’s also teaming up with two of the most well-known names in horror films today to make it happen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Wan’s Atomic Monster production company and Gary Dauberman are in the early stages of developing a live-action Gargoyles for Disney+. You may know James Wan as the creator of The Conjuring franchise and as co-creator of the Saw and Insidious franchises, in addition to directing Aquaman. Dauberman, a frequent Wan collaborator who had written the Annabelle movies, will serve as showrunner, writer and executive producer.
Gargoyles ran for three seasons from 1994 to 1997. It was more complex and darker in tone than your typical Disney cartoon and revolved around a clan of “gargoyles,” species of nocturnal creatures that turn to stone during the day, along with police officer Elisa Maza. The clan used to live in a castle in Scotland before they were betrayed by humans and were cursed to be frozen in stone. A thousand years later, the gargoyles wake up in New York City and choose to serve as its protectors at night.
Of course, whether a live action Gargoyles is a good thing or a bad thing depends on how you liked Disney’s remakes so far. We could only hope that Dauberman and Wan’s company could do the show justice, especially since it will mostly likely use a lot of CGI to stay true to the source material. Disney has been getting a lot of flak over its use of CGI lately, which critics consider visually unappealing and subpar, including in movies like The Little Mermaid and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania