Henry James’ ‘Turn of the Screw’ in Development as a Series for Freeform

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Deborah Kerr starred in a 1961 adaptation of Turn of the Screw called The Innocents

Hot on the heels of Netflix’s successful modernized adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Freeform has announced its own plans to adapt a genre classic with Henry James’ Turn of the Screw.

Originally published as a serial in 1898, James’ novella tells the story of a governess hired to care for Miles and Flora, two precocious children who may or may not be under the influence of the spirits of their former governess and her lover who worked as a caretaker for the remote estate in which they live.

The novella has been in continuous print since its original publication and for good reason. It was a masterpiece of storytelling tension which left the reader to decide if the estate and the children were truly haunted or if, perhaps, the governess was simply slipping into madness.

It has been adapted numerous times since its original publication including the unforgettable 1961 film The Innocents starring Deborah Kerr.

Freeform’s adaptation is in development under the supervision of Alexandra McNally and Josh Berman with Sony Pictures Television according to Deadline.

The series will bring the story into the present day when Elena, a Mexican-American nanny, is hired to care for the two children of a widower on Bainbridge Island.

McNally, who previously worked on the Stephen King’s Under the Dome, will write the script for the pilot.

iHorror will keep you posted on future developments for Turn of the Screw as details become available!

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