supernatural is officially getting a prequel series. Last year, after 15 seasons, the popular sci-fi adventure series came to an end, much to the chagrin of fans who saw Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles like the Winchester brothers. Now it has been revealed that the CW wants to revive the show by taking the story back in time, as the network has a supernatural prequel series dubbed The Winchesters who will follow Sam and Dean’s parents.
Ackles, who will reprise his role as Dean Winchester and serve as the show’s narrator, is executive producer. The Winchesters. His wife Danneel Ackles, who appeared in a recurring role as Danneel on supernatural, is also executive producing. Former supernatural co-executive producer Robbie Thompson will executive produce and serve as the writer of the series. The CW has given the prequel a script commitment.
Before Sam and Dean, there were 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 risk everything to save not just their love, but the entire world.
“After supernatural wrapped up in its 15th season, we knew it wasn’t over yet. Because, as we say on the show, ‘nothing ever really ends, right?'” Ackles told Deadline in a statement. “When Danneel and I started 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 liked to know more about his parents’ relationship and how it came about. So I like the thought of him taking us on this journey.”
John and Mary Winchester were previously featured on supernatural, where they were played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith respectively. It was explained that Mary was killed by a demon when Sam was a baby, prompting John to become a hunter to avenge her death and eventually pass his knowledge on to his two sons. John was killed very early in the second season.
Nothing is known at this time about Jared Padalecki’s involvement in… The Winchesters. Since Dean Winchester will only be the narrator for the show at this point, it seems there’s really no rush to get Padalecki involved for a gig as Sam. That doesn’t necessarily mean a return in the future is out of the question, perhaps as part of a flashforward scene, so as long as The Winchesters eventually it moves forward and becomes a success for the CW.
Meanwhile, Padalecki can be seen elsewhere on the CW as the star and executive producer of hiker, a reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger. As for Ackles, in his next acting gig he will play the violent patriotic superhero Soldier boy in the third season of the hit Amazon series the boys. Shooting is currently underway, although a release date has not yet been set for the new episodes. This news comes from Deadline.