Peacock has ordered the horror drama Girl in the Woods to series, according to Deadline. The show will be an adaptation of Crypt TV’s short films The Door in the Woods and Girl in the Woods. Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) will direct the first four of eight episodes.
Girl in the Woods is set in the Pacific Northwest and follows Carrie as she escapes from a cult that protects the world from monsters by keeping watch over a secret door in the woods, according to Deadline. Casting for the series has not been announced.
Crypt TV is a horror-focused media company founded by Jack Davis (Ghosted) and Eli Roth (Hostel) and is backed by Blumhouse productions. Their short films have been released on platforms like YouTube, Facebook Watch and Netflix (in the anthology series Don’t Watch This). Deadline reports that this is Crypt TV’s largest deal to date.
Ritter is best known for her acting work, particularly her portrayal of Jessica Jones in Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones series. Her additional TV credits include Breaking Bad, Gilmore Girls and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.
Girl in the Woods is executive produced by Davis, Darren Brandl (Mira Mira) and head writer Casey Modderno (The Birch), according to Deadline. Jacob Chase (Come Play) has been tapped to direct the final four episodes.
“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,” added Krysten Ritter, via Deadline. “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.”
“We are thrilled to have such special talents in Krysten Ritter, Casey Modderno and Jacob Chase bringing this series to life with grounded characters taking on meaningful themes and plenty of scares,” said executive producer Jack Davis in a statement via Deadline. “Crypt prides itself on telling norm-breaking, innovative genre stories, and our audience is going to love watching this show on Peacock, who has been a spectacular partner.”