Although it may be difficult to believe, this year marks two decades since John Fawcett's Ginger Snaps made its world premiere on the festival circuit. Still as timely as when it was first released, the coming-of-age werewolf film is now being reimagined as a TV series with Fawcett executive producing alongside Sally Woodward Gentle & Lee Morris (Killing Eve), Clark Peterson, and Copperheart’s Steve Hoban, with Anna Ssemuyaba (Guerilla, Upload) on board to write the new take on the cult classic that spawned a three-film franchise:
Press Release: Sid Gentle Films, the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producers behind KILLING EVE, and Copperheart Entertainment, the producers of the GINGER SNAPS trilogy of cult horror films, will collaborate on the high-end television adaptation of the subversive and darkly comic tale of teenage sisterhood with television writer Anna Ssemuyaba.
Ssemuyaba was named by Deadline as one of the UK’s ten rising stars of 2020 and featured on the 2019 Brit List. After working on John Ridley’s Sky Atlantic series, GUERILLA, and Channel 4’s porn-industry drama ADULT MATERIAL, she has most recently written on Amazon and Greg Daniel’s series, UPLOAD and authored the short film I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS for ITV1’s ‘Unsaid Stories.’ Anna is represented by Casarotto Ramsay.
GINGER SNAPS will be executive produced by KILLING EVE’s Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris alongside Clark Peterson and Copperheart’s Steve Hoban, producer of the three GINGER SNAPS films. John Fawcett, co-creator and director of the original film and co-creator and executive producer of BBC America's multi award-winning series, ORPHAN BLACK, will also executive produce. Endeavor Content will handle worldwide sales.
Sally Woodward Gentle, Sid Gentle Films Ltd, says; “I am so delighted to be joining forces on this extraordinary project. 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. 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 Steve 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.”
John Fawcett says "Could it be more socially relevant in this day and age to launch the television series, GINGER SNAPS? 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!”
Anna Ssemuyaba says “I have long loved GINGER SNAPS and its incisive portrayal of the agony, ecstasy, and unbridled rage that comes with being a teenage girl. I’m honoured to be reimagining it for a new audience.”
“Following the award-winning collaboration with Sid Gentle on KILLING EVE, and an ongoing and productive relationship with Copperheart, we are excited to team up with both of them to bring the GINGER SNAPS series, focusing on elevated, character-driven horror – the quintessential teen horror film – to TV audiences worldwide,” said Lorenzo De Maio, EVP, TV Advisory, Endeavor Content.
GINGER SNAPS is the story of sisters, Ginger and Brigette, who are self-imposed outcasts in their hometown. Inseparable and fascinated with the macabre, they make a pact to escape their sleepy suburban home by sixteen or else take their own lives. But on the night of her first period, Ginger is attacked and infected by a werewolf which unleashes a monstrous kind of puberty. Brigette can’t understand this new version of her sister who is violent and sexual. As a bloody trail begins to form in Ginger’s wake, Brigette must find a way to curb her sister’s new cravings or risk losing her forever.
Twenty years ago, in August 2000, GINGER SNAPS premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Word of mouth propelled the movie to be one of the most successful Canadian releases of 2001 before going on to attain international cult status that continues to this day. Spawning two sequels, it has been adored by horror fans and critics alike for its dark playfulness and unflinching feminist critique of the horror genre. Subverting usual conventions and setting the benchmark for leading female horror characters. GINGER SNAPS is featured on Time Out's Best Horror Films of All Time and has been described as 'the best teen werewolf film ever made’.
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