VIS to produce Historias para no Dormir for Amazon and RTVE
February 16, 2021
VIS, a division of ViacomCBS Networks International, has announced Historias Para No Dormir (Stories To Stay Awake), its new production for Amazon Prime Video and RTVE, commissioned to production company Prointel e Isla Audiovisual, which reboots the iconic horror series by Chicho Ibáñez Serrador. The 4 episodes-series will be directed by Rodrigo Cortés, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Paco Plaza and Paula Ortiz. Filming has already begun in different locations in Madrid, Spain.
50 years after its premiere, Historias Para No Dormir returns to offer audiences the best of the horror genre combined with the great potential and talent of modern cinema. With its four 50 min stand-alone episodes (La Broma, Freddy, El Doble and Asfalto), directed by Rodrigo Cortés (Buried), Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Mother) Paco Plaza (REC) and Paula Ortiz (The Bride), audiences will enjoy the contemporary takes on Chicho Ibáñez Serrador’s (creator of the iconic franchise) best stories.
“We are incredibly excited to develop and produce Historias Para No Dormir with Prointel e Isla Audiovisual, for Amazon Prime Video and RTVE” said Laura Abril, Head of VIS EMEAA. “Partnering with major industry players is a key part of our studio’s strategy, as well as it is betting on local content with a global appeal. Historias Para No Dormir will feature top local talents, rebooting an iconic series by one of the most relevant Spanish TV creators ever. The series will offer global audiences the best of the traditional horror genre with a modern twist.”
Filming of the first episode, La Broma (The Joke), begins this week. A free interpretation of the original story, La Broma is written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés, best known internationally for his multi-awarded film Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was awarded with a Spanish Goya for Best Editing in 2010. In 2012 he presented Red Lights, a thriller starring Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy, and directed Down a Dark Hall in 2018, starring Uma Thurman and young promise AnnaSophia Robb.
La Broma follows a love triangle formed by selfish characters played by three-times Goya winner Eduard Fernandez, Best Actress Goya winner 2018 and nominee for 2021 Nathalie Poza, and three-times Goya winner Raúl Arévalo. La Broma displays an arrange of dialogues and characters filled with dark humor, showing that greed can be both terrible and hilarious.
Additional details will be announced soon.