Development: Gina Rodriguez to guest direct Charmed, Dylan Farrow's book deal, Scary Stories cast grows

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Aug 27, 2018

Gina Rodriguez, who for four seasons has endeared her not-so-immaculate conception story to fans of The CW’s Jane the Virgin, is reportedly set to guest direct an episode of the network’s rebooted Charmed series. 

Variety reports that the 34 year-old actor will take a turn behind the camera on the Charmed set, adding to her short, but expanding, director’s resume. In addition to directing a past episode of Jane the Virgin, she’s helming the premiere episode of that show’s fifth and final season. And just to be sure she's busy enough, she'll also be starring in Netflix's upcoming movie adaptation of the Carmen Sandiego games.

Rodriguez reportedly will direct the 11th episode in the Charmed reboot’s inaugural season, although no details about the episode have been announced. “I’m very excited about that opportunity and obviously very excited that I get to do it with three Latinas,” Rodriguez told Variety. “It’s really f—ing awesome. It’s going to be really exciting to see what that journey is.”

Starring Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffrey, and Madeleine Mantock as reimagined, modern-day versions of the witchy sisters played in the original by Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano, the 2018 Charmed brings new character names, a new social consciousness — and, according to Jeffrey, an undying reverence for its early-2000s predecessor. “We regard the foundation that was laid with great respect,” she tweeted in May.

Charmed casts its new spell at The CW beginning Sunday, Oct. 14. 

Dylan Farrow is prepping a new young adult fiction series of books, which Farrow just signed on to write in her authorial debut via publisher Wednesday Books.  

Entertainment Weekly reports that Farrow, the adopted daughter of Rosemary’s Baby star Mia Farrow, will launch the series with a young adult fantasy titled HUSH. The book tells of a world “where those in control of society can manipulate and silence the truth through magic,” according to EW.

HUSH is set to release sometime in the fall of 2020 as part of a two-part book deal. Allen continues to deny the long-standing allegation. 

Days after adding teen actor Zoe Colletti to its growing cast, Guillermo del Toro’s long-brewing film adaptation of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series just picked up a fresh batch of acting talent. 

Deadline reports that the André Øvredal-directed project has just signed Michael Garza (Wayward PinesThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1), Austin Abrams (The Americans), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise KingdomThe Grand Budapest Hotel), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight), and Natalie Ganzhorn (Make it Pop) to its swelling ensemble cast. 

Del Toro originally had planned to direct the film version of the popular Alvin Schwartz line of stories, but has since stepped into a writing and producing role. There’s still no release date for the urban-myth-infused misadventures of Scary Stories’ murder-solving teens, so stay tuned.

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