This month’s full moon doesn’t grace the sky until October 31, Halloween night, but we’ve got some news that is bound to make horror fans howl with joy! Killing Eve producer Sid Gentle Films is joining forces with Copperheart Entertainment, producers of the GINGER SNAPS trilogy, to present a television series adaptation of the cult classic teenage werewolf story. Co-creator and director of the original film, John Fawcett (Orphan Black), will executive produce, with Anna Ssemuyba writing scripts for the potential project.
Joining Sid Gentle’s Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris as part of the adaptation’s executive production effort are Clark Peterson, Fawcett, and Copperheart’s Steve Hoban.
GINGER SNAPS tells the story of two outcast sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), in the mindless suburban town of Bailey Downs. On the night of Ginger’s first period, she is savagely attacked by a wild creature. Ginger’s wounds miraculously heal but something is not quite right. Now Brigitte must save her sister as well as herself.
“I have long been a fan of the brilliant original. It’s just the kind of twisted, provocative, and wildly entertaining story that we love at Sid Gentle,” said Woodward Gentle. “It’s been 20 years since the world was introduced to the iconic teen girl werewolf and we can’t wait to re-introduce her to already devoted and eager new horror fans alike.”
“We love Killing Eve, and its darkly comic tone and strong feminist outlook are very much in line with what we were doing with the Ginger Snaps movies,” says Copperheart Entertainment’s Hoban. “And now, the combination of Anna, John, and this incredible producing team, on both sides of the Atlantic, is the perfect alchemy to transform Ginger Snaps into a stunning new series.”
Helmed by Fawcett, Ginger Snaps (2000) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In time, the film arrived as a real howl for horror fans thanks to its unique take on the werewolf mythos, rock-solid performances, and supremely stunning creature effects. The original film was followed by Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, both in 2004.
“Could it be more socially relevant in this day and age to launch the television series, Ginger Snaps?” Fawcett said. “For me, this is the ultimate follow-up to Orphan Black and I know those fans will find new love with the iconic Ginger and Brigette Fitzgerald. Anna Ssemuyaba is the perfect writer to help us bring our edgy, girl-power horror story to the small screen. I can’t wait for a big bite of this!”
Last but certainly not least, Ssemuyaba spoke about her passion for the Ginger Snaps trilogy as well as contributing to the creation of another chapter for the beloved series. “I have long loved Ginger Snaps and its incisive portrayal of the agony, ecstasy, and unbridled rage that comes with being a teenage girl,” said Ssemuyaba. “I’m honoured to be reimagining it for a new audience.”
Aroooooooooooo! This is some of the best news I’ve heard all month long! If you’ve never seen it, the Ginger Snaps trilogy is badass and definitely worth sneaking onto your October horror film watching schedule. Werewolves are by far my favorite of horror’s more traditional monsters and this series goes a long way to bring us lycanthropes with teeth if you know what I mean.
We’ll be sure to bring you more details as the Ginger Snaps TV series continues to transform.