Henry James’ 1898 supernatural novella The Turn Of The Screw is getting the TV treatment at Freeform.
Deadline reported the news that Alexandra McNally (Under The Dome) and Josh Berman (CSI) are working on a modern version of the story, with McNally writing a pilot and executive producing alongside Berman, who is simultaneously helping to usher in a new show based on Dean Koontz’s Strangers.
Turn Of The Screw will feature the central character of Elena, “a Mexican-American nanny who is hired to care for the two children of a widowed-father at their summer home on idyllic Bainbridge Island. It seems like the perfect job with potential for a ‘happily ever after’ ending, but things take a sinister turn when Elena begins seeing ghosts and her grip on what is real and what is not blurs.”
“The Turn Of The Screw is one of the scariest novels of all time,” Berman said in a statement about the upcoming series. “Yet the themes are as relevant today as they were more than a century ago.”
Certainly, variations of the story have appeared in plenty of adaptations over the last century, including Jack Clayton’s 1961 psychological thriller feature The Innocents, which Guillermo del Toro cited as a major influence on Crimson Peak.
Strategically, Freeform and other networks have potentially observed the success of Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting Of Hill House and started wondering what other scary page-turners might be ripe for a new incarnation.
Hopefully, Turn Of The Screw will …turn… out to be a good time.