CBS All Access has ordered a new series from Kevin Williamson, the streaming service announced Thursday. Williamson showed a knack for writing interesting teenage characters in slashers like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and was able to translate that over to crafting the characters of Dawson's Creek, minus the bloodshed. Kaplan and Dana Honor will serve as executive producers for the series.
Kevin Williamson, who launched his career by putting his spin on the horror genre with the hit Scream franchise, is now giving classic fairytales a dark treatment with psychological thriller Tell Me a Story.
The show is based on a format created by Marcos Osorio Vidal in collaboration with Gustavo Malajovich and Hernan Goldfrid for a series that was produced by Gonzalo Cilley and Andres Tovar of Resonant. The show is set in modern-day New York City, with the first season of the drama interweaving the stories "The Three Little Pigs", "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" into "an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder". The goal is to re-imagine these well-worn stories as twisted psychological thrillers.
CBS Television Network's CBS All Access has given Tell Me a Story a straight to series order.
Tell Me A Story marks Williamson's first TV series to be made for a streaming outlet, with his prior projects airing on one of the big broadcast networks.
There have been two fairytale-themed drama series on TV in the past few years that have both enjoyed long runs, ABC's Once Upon a Time and NBC's recently departed Grimm. Still, Williamson has a mostly successful track record, so it's not hard to see why CBS would be interested in his take on the subject.