Don’t expect Disneyfied fairytales in psychological thriller Tell Me A Story S2. The re-imagined fairytales are just as dark and twisted as they were in S1, when we saw a nail-biting version of The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel.
S2, which stands on its own and isn’t linked to S1, will reinvent Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Beauty & The Beast into something dark and sinister… or at least highlight the disturbing elements already hidden deep in these children’s stories.
“I think it’s more fun to live in the real world and play with all these ideas in the series. And it’s fun to reinterpret them, because you get to add things, you get to put your spin on it. But really it is just taking the ideas because there are so many different versions of these fairytales in any given country,” says series creator Kevin Williamson, who combined the classic storylines to highlight their themes in a modern tale of love, lust, greed and murder.
Kevin adds the success of the new versions lies with the writers. “Most of them are female, and they took these storylines and really twisted them up in a fun way, and in ways that I wouldn’t have even imagined or that I would have thought of myself.”
The new season focuses on the Nashville-based Pruitt family, which connects the three fairytales. Mom Rebecca Pruitt (Carrie-Anne Moss) is the matriarch of this dysfunctional family, and she is trying to help her children, troublesome Jackson (Matt Lauria), middle-daughter Maddie (Odette Annable) and rising music star Ashley (Natalie Alyn Lind), in their own respective stories.
“Rebecca starts off one way, and pretty quickly gets humbled, and has to kind of put things together because of an event that happens right at the beginning of the season. It’s like the rug comes right from underneath her and now she has to look out for her family,” says Carrie-Anne.