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Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment are developing a TV series based on Elizabeth Massie’s ‘Ameri-Scares’ YA horror book series, which are each based on a local “historical event, folktale, legend, of myth unique to that particular state.”  The books are aimed at children age 8-13.  The TV adaptation, which will be produced with Assemble Media and Warner Horizon, will be a family-friendly horror anthology “with a road-trip spirit: Every episode would take place in a different state and center on notorious local legends or spooky historical events.”


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In a statement, Robbie and LuckyChap Entertainment declared:

“With Ameri-Scares we saw the perfect opportunity for us to delve into the horror space, and tell the kind of unique and scary stories we used to tell each other around the campfire or at sleepovers as kids.  We’re excited to team with our partners at Assemble and Warner Horizon to bring Elizabeth Massie’s cross-country series of thrilling mysteries and haunting folk stories to life.”

Assembly Media’s Brendan Deneen added:

“As fans of horror fiction that appeals to both teens and adults alike, we knew as soon as we read Ameri-Scares that Elizabeth had created something very special and of-the-moment.  We’re thrilled to be working with LuckyChap and Warner Horizon on this spooky new series.”

There are only eight books in the ‘Ameri-Scares’ series, six of which were written by Massie.  ‘New York’, ‘Virginia’, ‘California’, and ‘Maryland’ were published in 2013, with ‘North Carolina’ in 2018, and ‘Tennessee’ in 2019.  Steven Mark Rainey penned ‘Michigan’ and ‘West Virginia’ editions, which were also published in 2019.

Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment also produced her Academy Award-winning picture ‘I, Tonya’, and the recently-wrapped ‘Birds of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’.

There was no further information given, as ‘Ameri-Scares’ was just announced as being in development.  It remains to be seen what creatives will become attached, and what outlet winds up offering it (provided it goes that far).

Have you read the books?  Would you be interested in a series of PG horror tales inspired by local folklore, legends, and real historical events?


Source: Deadline