Horror maestro Kevin Williamson’s newest present, “Tell Me a Story,” is being resurrected.
The fairy-tale impressed thriller aired on CBS All Access for 2 seasons (2018-20) earlier than being axed by the streamer.
It’s getting a new life on The CW after the community’s summer season programming slate was rejiggered amidst the pandemic shutdown.
“I by no means had [this experience before] however we’re additionally dwelling in a new world,” Williamson, 55, tells The Post. “I really feel just like the TV panorama with streaming and networks and the state of issues in our world has led to all of those new avenues that everybody is exploring.
“[‘Tell Me a Story’] simply didn’t come to fruition for CBS All Access,” he says. “I assumed it was over and gone, so it was disappointing. When The CW [picked it up], I used to be very excited.
“I did type of say goodbye to it,” he says. “But not fairly but. It’s form of like ‘Scream’ — it simply retains coming.”
The anthology collection, tailored from an Argentinian miniseries, follows a number of intertwining tales: Jordan (James Wolk) a restaurateur searching for revenge for his fiancee’s loss of life; Eddie Longo (Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”), a bartender who moonlights as a thief; and Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”), a former refrain woman.
Season three premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m.
“I really like the best way [the original Argentine show] type of deconstructed fairy tales in a darkish sinister means,” Williamson says. “That’s one thing that’s in my wheelhouse. Horror, drama, melodrama. And I’ve at all times beloved fairy tales, ever since [Stephen] Sondheim did ‘Into the Woods.’ The means he deconstructed them was form of the inspiration for ‘Scream.’ ”
Williamson’s prolific profession spans 20 years and contains teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” — which launched James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes into stardom — horror (“The Faculty,” the “Scream” franchise) and generally a mixture of the 2 (“The Vampire Diaries”).
‘It’s form of like ‘Scream’ — it simply retains coming.’
“It’s my favourite style — not simply horror, however the thriller, the thriller,” he says. “Those are the books I navigated to as a child. And I additionally I watched soaps as a child, all of the nighttime soaps and the teenage reveals. I’m a combination of all these issues. Teenage feelings are so excessive [and] that lends itself to the horror style. I believe all of it connects.
“That’s my completely happy place.”
Williamson has additionally pivoted to tales that includes older characters resembling “The Following” (2013-2015), “Stalker” (2014-15) and now “Tell Me a Story.”
“My pursuits have gone a little extra grownup of late as a result of I’m an grownup,” he says. “As a lot as I stroll round as a 15-year-old child in my head, I’m 55. And so my storytelling has expanded past simply the teenager style. But I might be mendacity if I stated I’m not working on one thing that’s teen-related proper now. I’ve at all times acquired one thing going that has younger characters in it.”
He’s additionally presently working on “Scream 5” for the massive display screen.
“We’re caught up in the remainder of Hollywood with COVID type of holding us again from taking pictures and everybody attempting to determine what the protocols are,” he says. “We’re in heavy prep in North Carolina, in Wilmington — the place we shot ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ which I’m ecstatic about. Any time I can shoot in North Carolina, I’m thrilled. So they’re prepping, they’re able to go … The objective is to shoot it this fall.”