Filming for ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ officially begins at Disney+
Filming for the upcoming Disney+ series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, officially began today (September 12) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, director Kat Coiro has confirmed.
Production of the six-part adaptation of the fantasy books live-action series will take more than four months. Filming is currently set to wrap on January 27, 2023.
Lyon Daniels and Noah Cottrell lead the series as twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, respectively. Jared is the adventurous, smart and hot-headed twin brother who struggled with anger issues. Simon is the more thoughtful and reasonable twin who is an animal lover – the polar opposite of Jared in every way. The twins have been together since birth, and they even have their own “twin tongue”, but resentments are rising between them, threatening to sever their brotherly bond.
Christian Slater plays main villain Mulgarath (alter ego Dr. Dorian Brauer), a capital-V villain who does what all ogres do – consume people, with an insatiable urge to consume. Mulgarath desires the secrets contained in Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Natural World in order to carry out a devious plan that will satisfy his hunger.
Director Kat Coiro, who is directing the first two episodes of the series, confirmed the start of production via her Instagram story. His previous credits include the romantic comedy Marry Me, starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, Dead to Me, Shameless, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mozart in the Jungle. She also directed six episodes in Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk for Disney+.
‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’, based on the best-selling children’s books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, follows the Grace family – twin brothers Jared and Simon, sister Mallory and their mother Helen – as they move into the house of their great-great-uncle and find a parallel world of fairies. Disney+ described the new live-action adaptation as a “modern coming-of-age story combined with a fantasy adventure.”
Paramount Television Studios and 20th Television produce the series. Aron Eli Coleite (Locke & Key) serves as showrunner and executive producer along with Holly Black, Jeremy Bell, Tony DiTerlizzi, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, DJ Goldberg, Grace Gilroy and Julie Kane-Ritsch.
The Spiderwick Chronicles series contains five books, “The Field Guide”, “The Seeing Stone”, “The Ironwood Tree”, “Lucinda’s Secret”, and “The Wrath of Mulgarath”. A spin-off series, titled “Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles”, includes three novels: “The Nixie’s Song”, “A Giant Problem”, and “The Wyrm King”.