Krysten Ritter Directing Girl In The Woods Series For Peacock
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Krysten Ritter Directing Girl In The Woods Adaptation For Peacock

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BY May 4, 2021

NBCU’s streaming platform Peacock is getting scary. To that end, they’ve ordered to pilot (and beyond) an adaptation of a Crypt TV property. And none other than Krysten Ritter will be directing The Girl in the Woods, the upcoming adaptation. Well, she’ll be directing the first half, including the pilot. So let’s talk about it.

Wait, What TV?

In case you’ve never heard of Blumhouse-backed Crypt TV, don’t feel bad. If you mostly get your TV shows through your actual television, then it’s unsurprising that you haven’t heard of it. That’s because Crypt TV, which Jack Davis and Eli Roth developed, is solely focused on short-form entertainment mainly made for mobile devices. Think of it kind of like Quibi but for horror. And not just handcuffed to your phone.

The company makes short films that play on various platforms, but mostly Facebook and YouTube. Therefore, you could watch them on your TV if you’re so inclined. In fact, they’ve also produced content for Netflix and Shudder, so again, they’re not just expecting you to sit through a 20-minute film on your littlest screen.

And further, you might have already watched one of their programs without realizing it. For instance, the series The Birch, which I wrote about in my piece on Facebook’s TV shows, is a Crypt TV production. It’s also their most watched series. However, they have a ton of shorts and shows besides that one. Take, for example, the popular The Girl in the Woods.

Krysten Ritter Directing Girl in the Woods Series for Peacock

krysten ritter directing girl Hmm, it says, “DON’T DEAD OPEN INSIDE.” I think we should open it. (image via Crypt TV)

The Girl in the Woods series started with 2018’s The Door in the Woods, in which a group of dumb weiner kids finds a door…in the woods. They open it and shockingly, it doesn’t go great for them. The story then picks up again in last year’s The Girl in the Woods, which starred Kal Penn and Cobra Kai’s Peyton List. It follows a survivor of the mayhem in Door as they learn to fight the monsters that were unleashed. I’m not going to give any more away, but you can watch it all for yourself on Crypt TV’s YouTube channel.

While the series on Crypt TV is two short films, Peacock has ordered the property to be adapted into an eight-episode show. Actress and author Krysten Ritter will be directing the first four episodes. (Come Play director Jacob Chase will take over for the second half.) According to Variety, Ritter said in a statement, “As a huge fan of horror and all things coming of age, this is one of the most exciting pilot scripts I’ve gotten my hands on. I fell in love with the characters, the writing, the setting, and the themes the second I read it.

I also loved Crypt’s original short ‘The Door in the Woods’ and the universe they are building.  I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to helm this badass female-driven monster hunting series with Jane Casey Modderno, Crypt, and Peacock.” Incidentally, Modderno, who wrote The Birch, will be writing these episodes as well.

There’s no word yet on when we can expect to see the series. We also don’t know if any of the original actors will return, but we’ll let you know both when we know.

What do you think? Tell us in these comments or on our social media.

featured image via Crypt TV

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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