After fifteen seasons, Supernatural came to a close late last year, but you can’t keep the Winchesters down. Deadline has reported that Jensen Ackles is developing a prequel series that will center on Dean and Sam Winchester’s parents, John and Mary. The Winchesters will be told from the perspective of Dean Winchester and tell 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 Ackles will narrate the series as well as serve as executive producer alongside his wife, Danneel Ackles, though their Chaos Machine Productions banner.
“After Supernatural wrapped its 15th season, we knew it wasn’t over. Because like we say in the show, ‘nothing ever really ends, does it?’,” Jensen Ackles said. “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.” In the main series, John and Mary were played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith, with Matt Cohen and Amy Gumenick playing the younger versions of the characters. The Winchesters has a script commitment from The CW and will be written and executive produced by Robbie Thompson, a former writer/co-executive producer on Supernatural.
This isn’t the first time a Supernatural spin-off has been attempted, as The CW made two attempts to launch new series as backdoor pilots, Bloodlines and Wayward Sisters. Neither was picked up to series, but perhaps The Winchesters will have better luck. Are you down for a Supernatural prequel centering on Sam and Dean’s parents?