PARAMOUNT+ ANNOUNCES START OF PRODUCTION ON "SCHOOL SPIRITS," A NEW ORIGINAL YOUNG ADULT DRAMA SERIES
Additional Cast Members Joining Series Star Peyton List Include Kristian Flores, Spencer MacPherson, Kiara Pichardo, Sarah Yarkin, Nick Pugliese, Rainbow Wedell and Milo Manheim
Series Produced by Awesomeness Live-Action Studio Exclusively for Paramount+, Coming in 2023
August 17, 2022 - Paramount+ announced production has begun in Vancouver on the new young adult drama series, SCHOOL SPIRITS, starring Peyton List ("Cobra Kai," "Bunk'd") and based on the upcoming graphic novel by Nate & Megan Trinrud and Maria Nguyen. The service also announced additional cast members joining the series alongside List, including Kristian Flores ("Reboot," "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent") as Simon Elroy, Spencer MacPherson ("Reign," "Degrassi: Next Class") as Xavier Baxter, Kiara Pichardo ("The Society," "Mother/Android") as Nicole Herrera, Sarah Yarkin ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Happy Death Day 2U") as Rhonda, Nick Pugliese ("Dramarama") as Charley, Rainbow Wedell ("The Wilds," "The Bureau of Magical Things") as Claire Zolinski, and Milo Manheim ("Zombies 3," "Prom Pact") as Wally Clark. Josh Zuckerman ("The Offer," "Oppenheimer") and Maria Dizzia ("13 Reasons Why," "Orange Is the New Black") will have recurring guest star roles as Mr. Martin and Sandra Nears, respectively.
SCHOOL SPIRITS focuses on a teen stuck in the afterlife who decides to investigate her mysterious disappearance alongside a group of other students who are also stuck in limbo at their high school. The eight-episode season is set to debut in 2023 exclusively on Paramount+. The graphic novel is planned for publication in fall 2023 by Clarion Books/HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books.
Oliver Goldstick ("Pretty Little Liars," "Bridgerton") serves as showrunner and executive producer, along with Nate and Megan Trinrud, who wrote the pilot. Max Winkler ("Cruel Summer," "Jungleland") will direct and executive produce.
SCHOOL SPIRITS joins Paramount+'s growing lineup of YA content, including the service's hit iCARLY series revival, which was renewed for a third season, as well as the recently released film, HONOR SOCIETY, starring Angourie Rice ("Spider-Man: No Way Home," "Mare of Easttown"). Both projects were also produced by Paramount's Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Live-Action Studios.
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