Chicho Ibáñez Serrador’s legendary Spanish horror series “Stories to Stay Awake” (“Historias Para No Dormir”) is getting resurrected, thanks to ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS), Amazon Prime Video and RTVE, reports Variety, who also shares the first details on the forthcoming miniseries that started filming this week in Madrid.
Set as a four-part anthology miniseries, “Stories to Stay Awake” boasts a superstar cast and crew on either side of the camera, with episodes to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Mother), Spanish Academy Goya-winner Rodrigo Cortés (Buried), [Rec] and Veronica writer-director Paco Plaza, and Paula Ortiz, director of The Bride.
Cortés is behind the camera for the first episode, “The Joke” (“La Broma”), which is currently filming in the Spanish capital. An interpretation of the 1966 original, the episode is the story of a love triangle including three Goya-winning actors in Eduard Fernandez (“30 Coins”) and Nathalie Poza (Julieta), with Raúl Arévalo (Marshland).
Notes the site: “50 years ago, Chicho Ibáñez Serrador became a household name for Spanish horror thanks to his creation, “Historias Para No Dormir,” a Spanish series which aired from 1966 to 1968 and again in 1982. In 2005, the IP was reformatted for the big screen as a group of shorts in “Peliculas Para No Dormir” (Movies to Stay Awake), with Ibáñez’s contribution “La Culpa” being the filmmaker’s last directorial work.”