John Logan is working on a companion series to his sinfully underseen gothic horror Penny Dreadful. The Showtime series led by Eva Green concluded in 2016 and suitably wrapped up its riveting story after three deliciously dark seasons. The new series, City of Angels, relocates the action from 19th Century London to Los Angeles 1938.
In a recent interview, John Logan revealed details about the forthcoming series;
“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. We will now be grappling with specific historical and real-world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. 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.”
I'm a huge fan of Penny Dreadful, a lavishly gothic tale of monsters, love, loss, addiction, you name it, Logan weaved it into the rich tapestry of one of the finest TV shows of the last decade. A big part of what I adored about the show was Eva Green's hauntingly layered performance as Vanessa Ives. A close second was Timothy Dalton's demon hunting adventurer Sir Malcolm Murray because it's Timothy Dalton fighting monsters, need I say more.
It remains unclear if City of Angels will feature any original cast members in new roles. Logan described the series as a "spiritual descendant" to the original series and offered an intriguing synopsis.
"[City of Angels] opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop. This chapter is a bold new vision that will employ all new characters and storylines.”
John Logan will once again serve as Showrunner, and production is due to start early in the new year for a late 2019 or early 2020 debut on Showtime.