Having turned John Le Carre's The Night Manager and Little Drummer Girl into powerhouse event TV shows, The Ink Factory is now developing a reboot of Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected.
As the title suggests, the unifier for this anthology was the randomness of the unexpected usually with a twist ending. Made on a budget that Old School Doctor Who would call generous, Tales of the Unexpected is a cult classic that is long overdue a revival. The anthology series was initially based on short stories by Roald Dahl and throughout its nine-season run attracted a roster of high-profile guest stars. Janet Leigh, John Gielgud, John Mills, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, Joan Collins, Rod Taylor, Brian Blessed, Michael Gambon, and Derek Jacobi were just some of the famous faces to pop in for an episode.
According to Deadline, The Ink Factory will be working closely with Roald Dahl Story Company to develop the series which will offer a fresh take on Dahl's short stories. The fast-moving project has already enlisted writers Claire Wilson (Little Drummer Girl), Tom Basden (The Wrong Mans), and newcomer Ella Hickson.
The original series was shown on ITV from 1979-1988 with 112 episodes being broadcast. At the time of writing the reboot currently doesn't have a Network to call home, given their track record with The Night Manager and Little Drummer Girl, I'm sure The Ink Factory will consider the BBC's offer should they be interested. Tales of the Unexpected isn't the only retro anthology series to be given a modern spin, CBS All Access' revival of The Twilight Zone from producer Jordan Peele is set for an early 2019 launch.