Paper Girls moves one step closer to becoming a series.
Deadline reports young actors Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet and Fina Strazza have been cast as, respectively, Mac, Tiffany, Erin and KJ in Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang‘s Image comic book. As in the comic, the series will follow the four girls as their paper routes take a turn for the weird the morning after Halloween 1988. Soon, they are caught up in a time war and find themselves flung into the distant past, a few decades into their own future, and the beautiful nightmare of a distant world both propped up and devastated by all that time travel. They also learn startling things about themselves thanks to the future versions of themselves that they see, and, well, just by virtue of going on this journey.
Stephany Folsom, Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers will serve as executive producers with Folsom and Rogers splitting showrunner duties. The series is a production of Amazon Studios and Legendary Television, in association with Plan B. “This is a story with so much heart, and so many unique colors and dimensions — our sincere hope is not only to do justice to the source material, but to make Paper Girls unlike anything else currently on TV,” the showrunners said in a statement last year.
Indeed, the comic is very different, although, we can see why Amazon would be so interested in adapting the material. Though it began publication almost a year before Stranger Things debuted on Netflix, it has similar vibes with its 1980s origins and weird happenings. That said, Stranger Things is a much more contained story in comparison, lacking the crazy vistas and even the character development of Paper Girls.
Not that either show has to be the winner, mind. Paper Girls will likely debut on Amazon sometime in 2022.