If you have a Facebook account (or even if you don’t), one page you should be visiting on the regular is Crypt TV‘s, where you’ll find a plethora of engaging original scary videos. Today the digital genre network, which aims to be “Marvel for Monsters,” announced it will produce long-form series “The Birch,” based on the award-winning viral short film of the same name, for Facebook Watch.
“The Birch” is centered around the dark relationship between a synonymous monster protector in the woods and a pure-hearted teenager who summons her in a time of crisis. The 15-episode series will be told from multiple character perspectives as their lives are indelibly shaped by The Birch.
Production is slated for early 2019. Executive producers from Crypt are Jack Davis, Kate Krantz, and Darren Brandl.
The Birch short film won a Webby for Best Drama: Individual Short or Episode in 2017 and was featured at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017 as part of Tribeca N.O.W. Special Screenings. You can watch it in its entirety below to help get you ready for the new series.
Jack Davis, CEO of Crypt TV says, “Crypt is absolutely thrilled to bring one of its most successful monsters ever to Facebook Watch. Crypt has over 8.2 million fans on the platform, and I know our audience is going to be ecstatic to see more premium Birch content on Facebook Watch, a place where creative, linear-driven stories are really thriving.”
Crypt TV launched primarily on Facebook, and recently videos from all of its network pages crossed 1 billion views. The original short film of The Birch from Crypt TV garnered more than 35 million views (and counting) online.