'Light As A Feather': What we know so far about Hulu's upcoming horror series
Hulu is debuting a new teen horror called 'Light As A Feather' on October 12 that is adapted from Zoe Aarsen's story on Wattapad which generated more than 2.9 million Wattpad reads
There are so many thrillers lined up to release next month, but here's one that definitely requires a pumpkin juice to go along with the binge. Hulu is premiering a straight-to-series order of the horror flick 'Light as a Feather,' on October 12. The 10-episode thriller comes from Awesomeness TV, Wattpad, and Grammer’s Gramnet and follows the story of an innocent game of "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” gone wrong. Here's all that we know about the upcoming supernatural drama;
What is it about?
Based on Zoe Aarsen’s story “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board,” which was originally published on Wattpad, Hulu will highlight a slumber party gone wrong, as five girls begin dying off in the exact way the game predicts.
The synopsis reads; “When the five teen girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they’re being targeted – and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own.”
Is the plot of the story same as that of the book?
According to the series creator R. Lee Fleming Jr., there are few deviations from the book. In a recent interview with IGN, Fleming admitted that the show needed to skip some parts of the original story in the adaptation process, but also added a few new elements that he hopes fans of Aarsen's work will appreciate. "In turning it into a TV series sometimes you have to add elements, and obviously it’s a book, so the series goes on beyond the book," Fleming said. "So we do deviate, but the spirit of the book is definitely there."
How did the Wattapad story gain Hulu's attention?
Zoe Aarsen's story on Wattapad generated more than 2.9 million Wattpad reads. In an interview Aarsen explained; “When I first joined Wattpad, I set out to create something unique, exploring characters and a world where female empowerment, friendship, and supernatural forces come together. Wattpad is a place where people come together and connect over stories, discussing every twist and cliffhanger, so it was the perfect platform for my story. Teen horror is my passion, so I can’t wait to be able to share Light as a Feather with other horror aficionados on Hulu.”
What is “Light as a feather, stiff as a board"?
Don't know what that is? Well, it's a game requiring five players, one lying still at the center, and two each kneeling on two side. Each of the four players places two fingers under the player lying down. They try to lift the person in the center and it is impossible.
Then the chanting begins: “Light as a feather, stiff as a board. Light as a feather, stiff as a board…” As the group continues to chant the body in the center gets lifted up by the fingers of the others. This occult game has some scientific as well as a mythical explanation.
Why the show might appeal to you?
Admit it, we have all played that game. Before 'Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board' was an upcoming TV series, the game was a popular one to be played at sleepovers and it still is. The purpose of the ritual is to levitate the participant who is lying flat on their back after repeatedly chanting phrases like "She's looking ill" or "She is dying." Some instances involve members envisioning their own deaths. What if those visions came true? Well, this is the plot Hulu will bring to visual life.
In the same above mentioned interview, Fleming Jr. recalls his memory of playing the game and clarifies; "In this particular version that they played in the book, and then in the series … there’s a leader of the game, who actually, in addition to trying to get someone to levitate, also predicts how the person being levitated is going to die. Which I thought was really super spooky and super compelling, and also a great jumping-off point for our show."
Fleming Jr., has written high school-set dramedies such as 'She's All That' and 'One Tree Hill,' so he says that this was something new and challenging for him; "The drama that these high school seniors and best friends are dealing with, like they’ve got boyfriends and problems with their parents, normal high school stuff. But superimposed on top of that is this spooky game they played, and now there’s this specter hanging over everything, and they might not all be alive at the end of their senior year."
According to the author, Zoe Aaren, this horror story is "really inspired by totally normal, common things that lots of kids face in high school (wanting to fit in, falling in love with someone who might not fit your friends’ criteria, accepting that your parents have flaws)."
The names of the 10 episodes are interesting too. The first two episodes directed by Alexis Ostrander are titled "...Stiff as a Board" and "...Pretty as a Picture" respectively. All the 10 episodes are similes and alliterations at its best, so we know, much thought has been given to this show.
Who are the cast and crew members?
The cast includes Liana Liberato (To the Bone) as McKenna; Haley Ramm(Seven in Heaven) as Violet; Ajiona Alexus (13 Reasons Why) as Candace; Brianne Tju (Scream) as Alex; Peyton List (Bunk’d) as Olivia; Dylan Sprayberry (Teen Wolf) as Henry; Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird) as Trey; Brent Rivera (Alexander IRL) as Issac; and Dorian Brown Pham (Wilfred) as Deb.
'Cheers' and 'Frasier' alum Kelsey Grammer is among its many executive producers. Awesomeness TV’s Jordan Levin, Shelley Zimmerman, Joe Davola and Brett Bouttier; Wattpad’s Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman; and Grammnet’s Grammer, Tom Russo, Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov executive produce the series alongside Fleming; with Bloodlist’s Kailey Marsh is a co-executive producer.
Production on the series began in June and is slated for a release this fall, on October 12.