Former “True Blood” executive producer Raelle Tucker and director Scott Winant have signed on with Blumhouse Television and Facebook Watch to venture into the land of fairy tales, Ricky Van Veen, Facebook’s Director of Development, announced Tuesday at NATPE.
The duo will produce a half-hour dramatic series for the VOD with the working title “Sacred Lies,” based on the classic Brothers Grimm tale, “The Handless Maiden” and the novel, “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” by Stephanie Oakes.
Tucker, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner, has adapted the story which will focus on a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader. Winant will executive produce and direct the first two episodes. Also serving as executive producers on behalf of Blumhouse Television are Jason Blum, Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold.
“This a young female protagonist we’ve never seen on screen before,” Tucker said. “She’s complex, brave, funny…and sometimes dangerous. And she has no hands. But she refuses to let that, or her bizarre, brutal past define her or limit her. That’s the message of our series: no matter what life throws at you – ultimately only you have the power to decide what you believe and what you become. I’m beyond excited and honored to bring this unique, inspiring, badass character to life. ”
“Raelle and Scott are known for pushing the envelope with complex characters, mixing genres and diving into dramatically dark subjects, which is also a hallmark of Blumhouse storytelling,” said Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold, co-presidents, Blumhouse Television. “Sacred Lies is an inventive twist on a time-honored fairytale which we believe will surprise and stir the Facebook Watch audience and we’re excited to be the studio producing this provocative series.”
Tucker and Winant are represented by UTA. Barbara Fiorentino and Katrina Wandel George are currently casting the series.
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