Jensen Ackles and Danneel Ackles working on The Winchesters Supernatural prequel with the CW, Jared Padalecki ‘gutted’ by the news
The CW is working on a Supernatural prequel that will bring back star Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in a narrator role.
Called The Winchesters, the prequel will focus on Dean and Sam Winchester’s parents, John and Mary. Ackles will serve as the show’s narrator and is an executive producer on the show alongside his wife Danneel Ackles.
The show currently has a script commitment and will be written by former Supernatural co-executive producer Robbie Thompson.
“Before Sam and Dean, there was John and Mary,” reports Deadline. “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.”
Supernatural lasted 15 seasons on The CW and ran from September 15, 2005 through November 19, 2020. It starred Ackles and Jared Padalecki in the lead roles.
“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 said in a statement to 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.”
He further divulged where there idea for the prequel came from, “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.”
Jared Padalecki reacts to Jensen Ackles’ The Winchesters news
Jared Padalecki has admitted that he is “bummed” to learn about the prequel that is being developed by his former on-screen brother along with his wife.
Catching wind of the news, Jared took to his Twitter page to react to the potential spin-off series. While he is “happy” for Jensen, he wishes that he had been informed before he found out about it on Twitter.
He tweeted, “Dude. Happy for you. Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter. I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever.”
Given the two actors’ close friendship, a fan thought Jared was joking with his tweet. “this has GOTTA be a bad joke hello @jarpad @JensenAckles this ain’t it sirs we’re freaking out,” the fan asked for confirmation.
The 38-year-old then assured that it was his honest reaction to the news, replying, “No. It’s not. This is the first I’ve heard about it. I’m gutted.”
It remains seen if this is all a joke. I do find it hard to believe that Jared would have been kept in the dark about all of this.
Also the fact that Misha Collins chimed in and all are known to be pranksters.
Watch this space.
UPDATE: So it looks as if this was not a joke, as Jared Padalecki returned to social media Friday morning to thank fans “for the love.” He also implored those same fans to resist the temptation to lash out at Ackles and others involved in the project on his behalf.
“Please PLEASE don’t send any hate or threats,” he wrote. “I care deeply about everybody involved and would be in true misery if any of them were harmed or threatened.”
UPDATE #2: Jared Padalecki is back with another update letting fans know that “things are good” between the former Supernatural co-stars.
He tweeted: @JensenAckles and I had a great talk, as we do often, and things are good. The show is early in the process with miles to go. We’ve traveled a lot of roads together, and sometimes those damn roads have bumps. Bumps don’t stop us. Once brothers, always brothers. #spnfamily
Jensen Ackles gave his own update as well stating, “Love you @jarpad … Miss these talks. I forgot how much face time we always used to get. And I miss that too. I know you’re busy…as am I, but you’re still my brother. I miss you, pal.”