Scream’s Kevin Williamson is writing dark fairy tale series Tell Me A Story for CBS All Access, an adaptation of a Spanish show. As far as his TV accomplishments go, Williamson is still probably best known for creating popular WB teen drama Dawson’s Creek. While that might seem odd for a guy whose other biggest projects are horror and thriller, it actually makes a lot of sense in a way. 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.
In addition the first Scream film, Williamson returned to pen sequels Scream 2 and Scream 4, and also wrote Robert Rodriguez’s cult hit high school bodysnatcher flick The Faculty. Back in the world of TV, Williamson created The CW’s long-running drama The Vampire Diaries, and FOX’s Kevin Bacon-led serial killer thriller The Following. That series featured Bacon’s attempts to stop charismatic murderer Joe Carroll – and his ever-growing legion of followers – from continuing to claim victims.
According to Deadline, CBS All Access acquired Tell Me A Story after interest was shown in the project by multiple streaming outlets. Granted a straight to series order, Tell Me A Story is based on a Spanish series of the same name. Set in modern day New York City, the serialized drama blends elements from classic stories The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood “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.
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. Turning fairy tales dark is certainly not a new idea, even when it comes to TV series, as evidenced by shows like Once Upon A Time and 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.
Tell Me A Story joins a growing slate of CBS All Access original programming, a line-up of course headlined by Star Trek: Discovery. CBS All Access also plays host to acclaimed spinoff The Good Fight, the Will Ferrell-produced comedy No Activity, and an upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone from Get Out director Jordan Peele.
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