‘Dead of Summer’ Series Coming from ‘Once Upon a Time’ Creators

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis Once Upon a Time Season 4
Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis at the San Diego Comic Con (Photo by Richard Chavez / Showbiz Junkies)

Once Upon a Time series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are teaming up with Once writer Ian Goldberg on a new ABC Family series titled Dead of Summer. Dead of Summer has been given a straight-to-series order with Kitsis, Horowitz, and Goldberg writing and executive producing.

The new horror series will premiere in 2016 on ABC Family which is switching to the new name of Freeform in January 2016.

Commenting on the new show, ABC Family Executive Vice President, Programming and Development Karey Burke stated, “Dead of Summer is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong – really, really wrong. The horror genre is new for us and I’m thrilled to have Adam, Eddy and Ian bring their immeasurable talent to our network and usher us into this new space.”

The Dead of Summer Plot:

Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, Dead of Summer is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.