How the Director of ‘Poison Ivy’ and ‘Stripped to Kill’ Reinvented Nancy Drew for a New Generation [Interview]
Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019 by Fred Topel
Nancy Drew is a lucrative literary franchise, so naturally Hollywood would consider it for a film franchise. The latest incarnation of Nancy Drew came from a surprising source. Well, it’s not so surprising that Ellen Degeneres wanted to produce a Nancy Drew movie under her Very Good Pictures banner, but Katt Shea, director of ‘80s and ‘90s thrillers like Stripped to Kill and Poison Ivy, directed Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, her first movie in 18 years.
It star Sophia Lillis plays Nancy Drew in this modern adaptation of The Hidden Staircase. Nancy still solves the case of Flora (Linda Lavin)’s haunted house, but an updated prologue shows Nancy give a cyber bully a taste of his own medicine with a locker room prank.
Shea spoke with /Film by phone about her career going from acting in ‘80s action, horror and sex comedy B movies to directing, including some spoilers for Stripped to Kill and Poison Ivy. After a boutique theatrical release exclusively with AMC Theaters, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is now available on digital and comes to Blu-ray and DVD April 2.