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Kiernan Shipka, Odeya Rush to Star in Netflix John Green Adaptation “Let It Snow”

The holidays might have just come and gone but Netflix is already getting into the holiday spirit for next year with none other than Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s very own Kiernan Shipka.

As reported by Deadline, Kiernan Shipka will be returning to the streaming giant with a project quite different from CAOS: the film adaptation of John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson’s three-part 2008 YA novel Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances.

Based on The New York Times bestseller, the film, seemingly shortened to only Let It Snow, will go into production in the first quarter of 2019, per Variety, and is expected to drop sometime during the next winter season.

The film, as the book, will be set in the small town of Gracetown during a raging Christmas Eve snowstorm, which draws a group of high school seniors close as they “discover unexpected opportunities as well as complications that test their friendships, love lives, and aspirations for the future.

Though Kiernan’s role is still under wraps, we know she’ll be joined by a star-studded cast that includes Legends of the Hidden Temple’s Isabela Moner, Dumplin”s Odeya Rush, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s Shameik Moore. Additional casting will include Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and rom-com veteran Joan Cusack.

We can’t wait to see how Kiernan and co. will take on the three stories that comprise the book (“The Jubilee Express,” “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle,” and “The Patron Saint of Pigs”), but I guess for that we’ll have to wait 11 more months for that. Sigh.

However, if you’re a John Green fan, the wait might be a little more bearable, as this isn’t the only adaption of his oeuvre in the works: His debut book, Looking for Alaska, is in the midst of casting and expected to hit Hulu at some point, and his latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down, has just found its director.


‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Christmas Special Teased in First Images

The Halloween holiday season may be over, and with it your first binge-watch of the excellent Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but there are more holiday treats in store for fans of the witchy-watchy show. As we recently reported, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa‘s spellbinding adaptation will be airing a special Christmas episode this December. The one-off, fittingly titled Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale, can be glimpsed in a batch of new images from the upcoming hour.

Starring Kiernan Shipka, Lachlan Watson, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Tati Gabrielle, Miranda Otto, and Ross Lynch, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale arrives on Netflix December 14th. The special arrives as part of the platform’s Christmas programming blitz, which includes Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, Kurt Russell‘s take on Santa in The Christmas Chronicles, and other holiday classics.


‘Mad Men’s’ Kiernan Shipka is the New Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Kiernan Shipka, best known for playing the surly (and awesome) Sally Draper on Mad Men, has been cast as Sabrina Spellman, aka Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in Netflix’s untitled show (developed under the title The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) based on the Archie Comics graphic novel.

Deadline reports that showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who heads the popular Riverdale series, said of the star’s inclusion: “We’re all such huge fans of Kiernan’s work that when we started talking about who this new incarnation of Sabrina could be, her name was on everyone’s wish list. This is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina, and we’re incredibly excited for people to see Kiernan make this iconic character her own.

So don’t expect a standard ’90s revision of the ABC series starring Melissa Joan-Hart — though we will be seriously sad if the Netflix show doesn’t include Sabrina’s snarky talking cat Salem in some form or another. The character of Sabrina almost made her return in the popular CW series Riverdale, named after the fictional town where Archie and the gang live. But baby goths everywhere are rejoicing that everyone’s favorite teen magic-maker gets to have her own moment in the spotlight.


Kiernan Shipka To Star In John Leonetti’s ‘The Silence’ From Constantin Film & EMJAG – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Kiernan Shipka, who played Sally Draper in Mad Men, is set to star in horror director John Leonetti’s next feature The Silence from Constantin Film and EMJAG Productions. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is launching international sales on the project in Cannes next week.

Project is produced by Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil), Alexandra Milchan (Wolf of Wall Street) and Scott Lambert (AMC’s The Terror) with Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz, the prolific German industry veteran behind the Resident Evil franchise, exec producing.

The Silence is based on the best-selling novel by fantasy-horror writer Tim Lebbon (Star Wars: Into The Void and The Cabin in the Woods) and is adapted by The Van Dyke Brothers, Carey and Shane (Chernobyl Diaries). The project is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin principal photography in September.

Story follows the terrifying tale of Ally, a deaf teenager, and her family whose world is turned upside down by a deadly and primeval force. In the fields near her New Jersey home, a colony of bats are attacked by a parasitic insect and soon morph into a new lethal species called Vesps. As the blind, winged creatures quickly grow, spread and attack the human population, Ally’s heightened senses become her strength. She can feel when the Vesps are close and realizes that even the slightest noise summons them in huge numbers. She and her family seek refuge in the woods where they must live in total silence. Amidst the creature chaos, they learn that humans can be just as dangerous when they are fighting to survive.

Teen actress Shipka starred as Sally Draper, the oldest child of Don and Betty Draper, in AMC’s Mad Men for eight years. She recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s TV mini-series Feud: Bette and Joan opposite Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. Prior to that, she starred opposite Emma Roberts in horror thriller The Blackcoat’s Daughter.

Leonetti is the director behind horror-thriller Annabelle, which took $250M at the worldwide box office. His most recent feature, Wish Upon, starring Joey King, Sherilyn Fenn, Shannon Purser and Ryan Philippe, bows in the U.S. on July 14 via Broad Green Pictures.

The Van Dyke Brothers, who penned Oren Peli’s Chernobyl Diaries, wrote sci-fi horror feature The Watching Hour, which is currently at New Line. They’ve also sold their sci-fi feature Dreamland to Sony, with Will Smith’s Overbrook producing. The duo are currently working on The Rift, a supernatural drama TV series that they wrote and sold to UTV with Blumhouse producing and recently penned Possession 2 for Sam Raimi and Lionsgate.

Meanwhile, Constantin’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter grossed $312.2M at the global box office earlier this year, pushing the franchise past the $1B mark and making it the biggest video-game-based franchise of all time.

Shipka is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Leonetti and the Van Dyke Brothers are repped by CAA.


Kiernan Shipka Plays Bette Davis’ Daughter B.D. Hyman On ‘Feud,’ Which Should Show Their Complex Relationship

The Feud depicted in the new FX series of the same name is between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, but both of them have been involved in much more personal feuds than what they had with each other. Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka plays one of Bette Davis’ daughters in the new series, B.D. Hyman, who had a contentious relationship with her famous mother. While there was never a movie made about their relationship like there was for Crawford, B.D. Hyman, and Bette Davis had a great deal of baggage, so their dynamic should be interesting to see play out on Feud..

Hyman detailed her relationship with her mother in the memoir My Mother’s Keeper, which painted Davis as a cruel and domineering parental figure. The book was released in 1985 to great controversy, with critics citing the book as nothing more than a collection of attacks on Davis’ character. Jill Gertsen of the Orlando Sentinel called the memoir “less a portrait than a bitter, angry, petty compilation of every gripe that Hyman ever harbored against her mother.

Davis closed out her second memoir released in 1989, This’n That, with a response that denies the claims in Hyman’s book. The long letter, as quoted by The Telegraph, reads in part:

There is no doubt you have a great potential as a writer of fiction. You have always been a great storyteller. I have often, lo these many years, said to you, ‘BD, that is not the way it was. You are imagining things.’
Many of the scenes in your book I have played on the screen. It could be you have confused the ‘me’ on the screen with ‘me’ who is your mother.

When Davis passed away in 1989, the Los Angeles Times reported that she had left both Hyman and her other daughter, Margo Mosher Merrill, out of her will, along with Hyman’s two sons. The newspaper reported that the will explicitly stated, “I declare that I have intentionally and with full knowledge omitted to provide herein for my daughter, Margo, and my daughter, Barbara, and-or my grandsons, Ashley Hyman and Justin Hyman.”

It seems that Hyman has tried her best to move past their strained relationship, as she now runs the B.D. Hyman Ministry. The ministry’s website states, “In the mid-1980s, B.D. Hyman received God’s solution to her dysfunctional relationship with her controlling mother.

The feud between Crawford and Davis may be the basis of this new FX series, but if Feud shows the relationship between Davis and Hyman, it should make for another level of compelling drama. And casting Shipka as Hyman may be the best casting choice in an especially well-cast series. She spent seven seasons cutting her teeth on dramatic, nuanced material in Mad Men, and will likely be a natural when it comes to portraying Hyman. While most roles involve creating the character and inventing a backstory, Shipka and Sarandon should have more than enough material to work with.


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