NBC Develops Winery-Set Supernatural Soap

NBC has added supernatural soap Vines to its roster of drama projects in development for next season, with The Ring director Hideo Nakata possibly executive producing and possibly direct. The project, from writer Mark Kruger (The 4400) and film producers Michael Aguilar (The Departed) and Taka Ichise (The Ring and The Grudge movies), was originally developed as a feature, which serves as inspiration for the potential series. It centers on a troubled family desperate for a fresh start that takes over a Napa Valley winery whose ancient vines possess dangerous mystical powers. UMS is producing with Aguilar’s Dos Tontos banner and Ichise’s OZLA Pictires; Aguilar, Kruger and Ichise executive producing the project. Nakata directed the original Japanese movies Ring and Ring 2 as well as the Hollywood sequel The Ring Two and another Japanese movie that got a Hollywood remake, Dark Water. Kruger is with WME and Madhouse.

Comments (23)

  • Ancient Vines with “mystical powers?” I have to see how this plays out. I’m curious.

    Comment by Curtis Scoon — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 6:21am PDT  
    • the trick is to drink lots of ‘mystical liquid’ those vines produce…

      Comment by Art — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 8:57am PDT  
    • THE RUINS set in a winery??

      Comment by bringit — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 2:35pm PDT  
  • The ancient vines better have apocalyptic implications, otherwise it sounds too much like a Syfy Saturday night movie.

    Comment by DryedMangoez — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 6:46am PDT  
  • Are you kidding me? Yet ANOTHER mystical winery show?

    Comment by Wally — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 7:26am PDT  
  • This sounds cool. Finally, an original idea on network perhaps?? Way to go NBC.

    Comment by Newman — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 7:35am PDT  
  • In other words, it’s “Falcon Crest” w/ more subtlety.

    Comment by rak2138 — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 7:51am PDT  
  • Seriously….I work in the wine industry and I don’t even think I can bring myself to watch this, a bit too far out there even for those who are convinced certain places have been selected as great winery sites for tens of thousands of years.

    The Ring people being involved make me more interested, but this is going to be a mess.

    Comment by Mark — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 8:33am PDT  
    • It’s going to be a mess simply because you work in the wine industry? You’ve read one blurb about it, seen precisely zero seconds’ worth of footage from it, and you’re already decided, eh?

      Good to know.

      Comment by Reason Prevails — Wednesday November 3, 2010 @ 4:58pm PDT  
  • is this going to be a daytime soap?

    Comment by vote4llama — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 8:43am PDT  
  • Terrible sounding concept. Is it a comedy?

    This sounds like it’s more fitting for ABC with Eastwick and The Gates….both canceled

    Comment by spork — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 8:52am PDT  
  • Having lived in the Napa Valley most of my adult life, I can tell you that every winery thinks their vines have mystical powers. Just ask a wine maker….or a wino.

    Comment by Dan Monez — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 9:14am PDT  
  • looks like another hit for NBC

    Comment by Bill H — Monday November 1, 2010 @ 9:54am PDT  
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