Supernatural star Jared Padalecki has responded to the news of an upcoming prequel series with great disappointment. The actor responded to the recent reports that The Winchesters is now in development at The CW with hurt and sadness as he revealed that this was the first he had of the project.
The class act that he is, Padalecki was still quick to congratulate his co-star Jensen Ackles for his work on the new series, but sounds genuinely wounded that, not only was he not included, but that he had not even been informed about it. Of course, with Padalecki being such an integral part of the Supernatural series, fans assumed that the actor must be joking. Sadly, he was not.
Created by Eric Kripke, Supernatural began life on The WB before subsequently becoming part of successor The CW's line-up. The series follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, who spend their lives hunting demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Sam and Dean Winchester were played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki respectively, with both actors leading the show throughout its popular 15 season run. The two actors' chemistry was often highlighted as the standout of the series, making it even more peculiar that Padalecki was completely left out of The Winchesters.
The news of the prequel series was announced yesterday, with The Winchesters taking place before the events of Supernatural. "Before Sam and Dean, there was John and Mary," the synopsis reads. "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 put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world." The series currently has a script commitment, and is being written and executive produced by Robbie Thompson, the former co-executive producer on Supernatural. Ackles and his wife, Danneel, will also executive produce the sequel series, which is now in development at the CW, the same network that aired the majority of Supernatural.
"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 told Deadline. "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."
With several of the Supernatural alumni involved in developing The Winchesters, it's no wonder that Padalecki has taken the announcement to heart. The Winchester brothers survived all manner of madness throughout the original series, from demon possessions to battling Lucifer himself, but, sadly, this prequel series could be the thing to tear them apart.
This comes to us from Deadline