How Netflix's New School of Good and Evil Fantasy Series Will Differ from Harry Potter

How Netflix's New School of Good and Evil Fantasy Series Will Differ from Harry Potter

Netflix streamer showed fresh photos of the adaptation of the new popular fantasy series “School of Good and Evil” (The School for Good and Evil). The pictures were published by Entertainment Weekly. However, the director of the show, Paul Feig, – the project will not be like any previously created fantasy film or series. Including from the Harry Potter universe.

How will Netflix's new fantasy series School of Good and Evil differ from Harry Potter

Still from the series “School of Good and Evil”

The show is based on Soman Chainani's best-selling book series, The School for Good and Evil, and tells the story of two best friends Sophie (Sophia Ann Caruso) and Agatha (Sophia Wylie) who end up in a fairytale school that trains heroes and villains to… protect the balance between good and evil. The villains are taught by Lady Lesso (Charlize Theron), while the heroes are taught by Professor Dovey (Carrie Washington) while the Schoolmaster (Laurence Fishburne) watches over them.

How will Netflix's new fantasy series

Still from the series “School of Good and Evil”

The script for a new show for Netflix was first brought to Paul Figo more than three years ago. He tells EW that he “just fell in love” with the story because of the relationship between the two young women. “I'm always looking for stories about female friendship – these are my favorite films – and I always wanted to create a world too, but I never had a chance to do it,” he says.

“Here was everything that I wanted. It wasn't until after I read the script that I started reading the books and I fell in love with everything that was in them. They are very informative books, very imaginative and funny, like Alice in Wonderland,” he says.

How will Netflix's new fantasy series

Still from the series “School of Good and Evil”

Fig worked closely with the author of the hexology Chainani to visually build a new world from scratch and increase the number of fans of the series.

“I really wanted to work with visual artists to create something new,” he says. “If you look at all my films, you will notice that I always choose a different genre. I want to work my way through all genres, but fantasy has never been a genre that I've ever wanted to work on. This is a complex and very specific genre. But once I read that and could visualize that world, it was really fun.”

How will Netflix's new fantasy series School of Good and Evil differ from Harry Potter

A frame from the series “School of Good and Evil”

The goal was to make sure that the world of the School for Good and Evil looks like nothing else has been created before.

“Everyone knows Harry Potter, everyone knows “Heart of Ice& #8221;, so I thought: what if we create this based on the modern style? Then all of a sudden all these designs start to make me feel like a kid in a candy store”.

How will Netflix's new fantasy series

Still from the series “School of Good and Evil”

The director recalls how architecture inspired him in Art Nouveau style during his stay in Budapest (Hungary). The director chose to take the film adaptation outside the classic gothic world of Harry Potter, endowing it with its own features and extreme characters.

“Somehow we got into this very divided place, where you are either on my side or you are against me, and you are terrible, but I am good. It was really inspiring, and I won't say it's easy, but we fed on the creativity of what's happening in this world, and with the hope that we can make our own statement about it through the world of fantasy.”

How will the new Netflix fantasy series

Still from the series “School of Good and Evil”

“The goal, of course, is to for it to be a franchise,” says Fig. “I mean, this cast is stellar. I have to pinch myself every time I watch a movie. From Charlize, Kerry and Lawrence to Michelle and Cate Blanchett. It's an amazing new young cast that's so deep and amazing and inventive and charismatic, it was a genuine delight.”

What will Netflix's new fantasy series

A frame from the series “School of Good and Evil”

The premiere of “School of Good and Evil” will take place on October 19 on Netflix.

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