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And an even more reliable site:

Universal & Amasia Entertainment Team Up For ‘The Green Hornet And Kato’ Feature

Amasia will also be executive producing Dark Shadows: Reincarnation for Warner Bros. Television, a sequel series to creator Dan Curtis’ 1960s gothic soap opera.

Deadline is actually one of the most reliable entertainment sites on the Internet...

Of course, it would be nice if we got any sort of word about the project from TPTB themselves. But asking for that is coming off as a broken record at this point - and we probably shouldn't hold our breaths - particularly during the current pandemic...

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And here we have Variety chiming in:

‘Green Hornet and Kato’ Movie Project Lands at Universal Pictures

Amasia is executive producing “Dark Shadows: Reincarnation” for Warner Bros. Television

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Of course, it would be nice if we got any sort of word about the project from TPTB themselves.

Hollywood from Home: Zoom Event with Bradley Gallo of Amasia Entertainment

Hmmm - maybe someone who attends on April 30th will ask him about DS:R...

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It's probably a blessing that DS:R was not ready for consideration this past January:

Pilot Season 2020 Remains In Limbo As Networks Mull Straight-To-Series Orders

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Something that's quite possible is that Mark Perry can't even officially work on DS:R while all of this is going on. I do recall that writers couldn't work on projects during the 2007-08 strike. Though that didn't stop then and doesn't stop now from working unofficially...

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And another mention of DS:R:

The Green Hornet and Kato Movie in the Works at Universal

...and the company is also developing the television series Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, which follows on the order paper gothic opera of the 1960s

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"order paper gothic opera"? That's a new one on me.

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Yeah, that was a head scratcher for me too...

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It was just announced that the CW greenlit both Kung Fu and Republic of Sarah to series. To me it was nothing but bad news when a rejected project from another network Fox Kung Fu was greenlit for a pilot and Dark Shadows was bypassed. This is the clincher that they preferred an outside project from another network vs. a pilot script that they themselves commissioned. Ouch. Even if production is delayed by virus or writers strike, Kung Fu is proceeding... Dark Shadows is not. This was the final nail in the coffin for any future development at CW for Dark Shadows. Expect an announcement from Perry in the near future.

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Back in January Kung Fu and Republic of Sarah were already out of development and had been picked as being among the projects that were supposed to go to pilot for the upcoming season (along with all the others that we've posted as having gotten pilot pickups). On the other hand, back in January when pilot pickups were all announced, DS:R was never among the projects in the running as a potential series for the upcoming season. However, and more importantly, it has subsequently been mentioned on several occasions by reputable sources that DS:R is still in development. DS:R hasn't been bypassed for the upcoming season because it's never been in the running. Kung Fu and Republic of Sarah being picked up as series by the CW, just like the other projects that have been picked up as series, have no bearing on DS:R's status whatsoever. All the projects with pilot pickups and DS:R have been on two different tracks at the CW. The projects with pilot pickups were being considered for series, but DS:R hasn't even reached that point because it's still in development.

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Maybe you should read this article written by Mark on all the various pilot scripts that he wrote and were rejected.

http://markbperry.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/rest-in-peace/

Despite your optimism, I have no doubts Dark Shadows Resurrection is now squeezed into the file drawer pictured. What more development can be done with a pilot script - they don't just sit around for two years waiting to be made into a pilot. If they had wanted to proceed, it could have been green lit like Walker. In 3 months, the next batch of show pitches and pilot scripts will be ordered for 2021. The CW will have moved on.

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I will definitely read the article once I get a chance. However, one thing to keep in mind is that not even a month ago I shared links to several reports from reputable sources that DS:R was still currently in development at the CW, so apparently development can go on for quite some time...

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Tell that to Chuck Lore .... all he has to do is cough and his project goes straight to series at CBS. Sometimes no pilot or even pilot script required, just a concept based on his track record and the sitcom  project is green lit. CBS doesn't want him going anywhere.