Freeform has put into development “Turn of the Screw”, a fresh modern spin on Henry James’ supernatural thriller, from Alexandra McNalley (“Under the Dome”), Josh Berman (“Drop Dead Diva”, “CSI”) and Sony Pictures Television, writes Deadline.
A twisty Gothic soap reimagined for modern times, the series will follow 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.
McNally will pen the pilot script and executive produce with Berman and Osprey’s Head of Development & Production Chris King. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.
“The Turn of the Screw” is an 1898 horror novella by Henry James that first appeared in serial format in Collier’s Weekly magazine (January 27 – April 16, 1898). It’s been in continuous print for more than 100 years.
“The Turn of the Screw is one of the scariest novels of all time. Yet the themes are as relevant today as they were more than a century ago,” said Berman.
The novella has been adapted numerous times in radio drama, film, stage, and television, including a 1950 Broadway play, and the 1961 film The Innocents. In 1968, the ABC daytime drama “Dark Shadows” featured a storyline based on “The Turn of the Screw”. In it, the ghosts of Quentin Collins and Beth Chavez haunted the west wing of Collinwood, possessing the two children living in the mansion.