This is pretty interesting. Every so often, you get a film that hits that is also incredibly suited for a small screen adaptation. Usually, they are ensemble pieces or epic pieces that can use the extra runtime. This film doesn’t really fall into either category, but that’s not to say it’s necessarily a bad thing, so long as the execution works.
According to Deadline, YouTube has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot for a series based on the comedy-drama film Edge of Seventeen, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson. This pilot will be produced by STXtv, the offshoot of STX Entertainment, who put out the original film. Set to take on writing and directing duties is Transparent and Atypical‘s Annabel Oakes, with production set to begin in January. STX reportedly had the idea first, and with Oakes being a huge fan of the film, she emerged as the right person to tell this story.
“Annabel is an extraordinary writer with a voice like nobody else’s. She’s created a new set of characters so full of truth, humor, and specificity, I’ve fallen completely in love with them,” the original film’s writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig said to Deadline. “For all of the reasons she makes an exceptional writer, she will make an exceptional director. I couldn’t be more thrilled to support her talent and help her bring this to life.”
But if you’re freaking out, worrying that it will try to mimic the story told in the film, fret not, this isn’t what the series will aim to be. Instead, it will borrow the style and tone from the film to tell new stories, and it’s compared to Fargo‘s anthology style of storytelling.
“Annabel took inspiration from The Edge Of Seventeen and wrote an incredible script that is wholly her own, so when Kelly came to us about Annabel directing the pilot it just made sense,” said Dustin Davis, Head of Comedy, YouTube Originals. “YouTube is a platform made for new creators and voices, so it’s always been a natural direction for us to champion new voices in our scripted programming. We’re excited to have Annabel execute her vision from start to finish.”
As a fan of that original film, I approve of this and am interested to see what comes of it. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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