The trades have officially revealed that “Supernatural” is already making a comeback on The CW with a prequel series titled “The Winchesters” officially in the works.
The plan is to put the spotlight on Sam and Dean’s parents, John and Mary, but Jensen Ackles will return to his most iconic role to narrate the show. Ackles will produce alongside his wife and “Supernatural” recurring guest star Danneel.
“The Winchesters,” which has a script commitment, is written/executive produced by another Supernatural alum, former co-executive producer Robbie Thompson.
The synopsis reads “Before Sam and Dean, there was John and Mary. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), ‘The Winchesters’ is the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world”
Jensen and Danneel Ackles executive produce through their company, Chaos Machine Productions, which the duo launched last fall with an overall deal at Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind “Supernatural” which also is producing “The Winchesters” in association with Chaos Machine.
When asked about why the interest to return and expand on the past Jensen Ackles told Deadline, “When Danneel and I formed Chaos Machine Productions, we knew the first story we wanted to tell was the story of John and Mary Winchester, or rather the Supernatural origin story. I always felt like my character, Dean, would have wanted to know more about his parents’ relationship and how it came to be. So I love the thought of having him take us on this journey.”
For those who don’t know, “Supernatural” ran for 15 seasons on The CW and starred Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as Dean and Sam Winchester who hunted everything from ghosts, vampires, and everything that goes bump in the night.
“Supernatural,” created by Eric Kripke, originated on the WB and is the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in the history of American broadcast television. A favorite of fans — and the CW chairman Mark Pedwoitz — the show garnered a loyal following and strong support at the network. The CW made two previous attempts to launch a “Supernatural” spinoff with “Bloodlines” and “Wayward Sisters,” both of which were introduced as backdoor pilots.
If “The Winchesters” goes forward, the CW will have both stars of “Supernatural” back in the fold. Padalecki is star/executive producer of “Walker,” which is headed to a second season.
Thompson was on “Supernatural” for five years, rising to co-executive producer. He most recently served as co-executive producer on Netflix’s “Cursed.” He is repped by Artists First and Mark Wetzstein.
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