Nightbooks : Krysten Ritter as a witch
Designing fantasy to reach teenagers is a task that Netflix has been working on diligently. The platform has made this segment of the public one of its prime targets. After the trilogy Fear street (which is an acquisition, let us remember) released this summer, we will be able to discover Nightbooks in September. This is an adaptation, directed by David Yarovesky, of the eponymous book signed by JA White.
The story follows Alex, a creative young boy who has a strong penchant for writing. Especially for writing scary stories. However, others find it difficult to accept him and he feels excluded because of his taste for horror. Just when he promises to stop writing the stories he loves, a witch appears in his life. She captures him and locks him in an apartment in New York. In order to stay alive, Alex is going to be forced to write new stories on behalf of the witch. He will meet Yasmin, another teenage girl, also a prisoner and condemned to respond to the witch’s requests. Together, they will join forces to get out of this trap and the hero will have to fully assume who he is to get out of it.
In the role of the witch, we find Krysten Ritter, who has already been seen on Netflix as Jessica Jones. The two main roles are played by Winslow Fegley and Lidya Jewett. Netflix unveiled the trailer, offering a preview quite similar to what one would expect for a production of this caliber. The haunted house side seems to be working fine, with varied decors despite a unique location. We admit that confidence climbs a little when we see the name of Sam Raimi appear, even if he operates only as a producer. In addition to the witch, several enemies will attack our heroes. In particular the big bad guy’s cat, Lenore, who looks very mean-spirited. We also see a unicorn and plant bugs.
Nightbooks will be online on September 15th.