Imagine Robert Stack’s soothing stern tone saying: UPDATE Unsolved Mysteries is returning to television. The documentary anthology series that ran for 16 seasons and inspired generations of true crime fans is being rebooted by Netflix. On Twitter, the streaming studio announced the beloved series original creators, Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove, would team up with Stranger Things producers, Shawn Levy and Josh Barry, to tackle cases new and cold.
“Unsolved Mysteries” is coming back to haunt a new generation! The original creators have teamed up with the producers of #StrangerThings for a modern take on the series that will once again look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases. pic.twitter.com/9DkcynjlhV— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) January 18, 2019
The Hollywood Reporter warns this won’t be exactly like Unsolved Mysteries classic. Where the original series focused on several stories an episode, the Netflix reboot will have each ep center on a single mystery. But Dunn and Cosgrove assure this new incarnation will “maintain the chilling feeling” of its inspiration. Few other details are being released at this time, so unknown is if this Unsolved Mysteries will likewise be a blend of unsolved crimes and alleged paranormal phenomena. But considering the Strangers Things’ dudes are on board that seems likely.
Netflix has become a reliable destination for true crime fans, thanks to such celebrated documentary programming as The Keepers, Making a Murderer, Voyuer, Evil Genius, The Staircase, The Innocent Man, and Fyre. And as they’ve rebooted a slew of beloved TV shows—from Full House to One Day At A Time and Lost In Space—Unsolved Mysteries seems a perfect fit.
But who will host this new Unsolved Mysteries? Robert Stack took on this mantle from 1987 to 2002. Following Stack’s death, Dennis Farina stepped in for a repackaged version in 2008. But he passed in 2013. So who might we trust to tell us how we too might solve a mystery?
Personally, I’m rooting for My Favorite Murder’s favorite lawman, Paul Holes.
Header Image Source: Cosgrove/Meurer Productions