The Law & Order franchise is the longest-running on television, meaning a new creative direction could certainly help freshen it up and attract new audiences. However, it’s doubtful that anyone behind the scenes at NBC has ever considered anything as strange as author Stephen King’s new Law & Order idea.
Last night, King took to Twitter to share his concept for a new Law & Order series and stressed that it was not a joke and he was very serious.
So what is King’s idea? Law & Order: Vampire Squad, in which a team of detectives hunts the undead creatures of the night.
You're not going to think I am serious about this, but I am: I would like to see Dick Wolf add a new show to his franchise–LAW AND ORDER VAMPIRE SQUAD.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 20, 2018
After 1,000 hours of programming, bringing the supernatural into the Law & Order universe might not be the strangest idea, after all.
The franchise began all the way back in 1990 with the original series and has since spawned Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and Law & Order True Crime.
SVU and True Crime are the only two series still on the air, but after a series of crossovers, its become clear that creator Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and the now-canceled Chicago Justice) also take place within the same universe.
Stephen King is certainly no stranger to television, as many of his most popular books have been adapted in miniseries or regular weekly series.
Hulu has a new series in the works called Castle Rock that ties together characters from multiple works by King, and the Audience network is preparing a second season of Mr. Mercedes, based on the author’s Bill Hodges trilogy.
So will Wolf and the executives at NBC give King’s proposal any thought? As famous and influential a figure as he is, it’s doubtful Law & Order: Vampire Squad will be hitting our screens anytime soon. Then again, stranger things have happened…