After several streaming services pursued it, Kevin Williamson’s ‘Tell Me A Story’ has landed at CBS All Access, who ordered it straight-to-series, bypassing the pilot process. The series is an adaptation of the 2014 Spanish TV series ‘Cuéntame un Cuento’ an anthology which tells various dark, modernized tales based on classic fairy tales. The stories adapted on ‘Cuéntame un Cuento’ were ‘Los Tres Cerditos’ (‘The Three Little Pigs’), ‘Blancanieves’ (‘Snow White’), ‘Caperucita Roja’ (‘Little Red Riding Hood’), ‘Hansel y Gretel’ and ‘La Bella y la Bestia’ (Beauty and the Beast’).
Williamson’s take will be set in New York City and it sounds as though these tales will be more closely connected than on the Spanish version and is described as “an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.” The American version also lists ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, which was not one of the tales adapted for the Spanish version.
Williamson got his start penning popular 90s teen horror classics like ‘Scream’, ‘Scream 2’, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and ‘The Faculty’. He went on to spin TV gold with hits like ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and “The Vampire Diaries’. This marks the first Williams series that will be available outside the typical network system, although his Kapitol Entertainment, which will produce ‘Tell Me A Story’, also produces Netflix’s ‘Santa Clarita Diet’. Williamson executive produces with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. The original Spanish series was created by Marcos Osorio Vidal, with Gustavo Malajovich and Hernan Goldfrid, and produced by Gonzalo Cilley and Andres Tovar of Resonant.
CBS All Access has scored major success thanks to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and are seizing the opportunity to add even more original content, including ‘The Good Fight’ and ‘No Activity’. They also have ‘$1’, ‘Strange Angel’ and a remake of ‘The Twilight Zone’ in the works.
Here is the trailer for the original ‘Cuéntame un Cuento’:
Does this series sound intriguing to you? If you don’t already subscribe to CBS All Access, does this show, plus the other offerings make you consider signing up?