Georgi Banks-Davies (I Hate Suzie) has signed on to direct Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of Paper Girls, a coming-of-age comic book about four teenagers trapped in the middle of a time-travel war.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls ran for 30 issues between 2015 and 2019. It revolves around a group of four teens who deliver newspapers on bicycles, who uncover a secret war between different time-travel factions when their hometown is attacked the morning after Halloween.
Set in the 80s, before taking us all over history, Paper Girls has a host of similarities to Stranger Things, so it’s easy to see why a big streaming company like Amazon see plenty of potential in it.
The company confirmed all the way back in 2019 that it was pursuing an adaptation of the comic book, but news has been slow since then. Last month it was confirmed that Sofia Rosinksy, Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, and Fina Strazza would play the teenage leads on the upcoming series, with Ali Wong joining the cast not long after as the adult version of Nelet’s character.
Banks-Davies recently co-directed British dark comedy drama I Hate Suzie, which was released last year to critical acclaim. It starred Billie Piper as an actress whose life is thrown into turmoil when her phone is hacked and compromising photographs of her are leaked. Each episode focuses on one of the eight stages of trauma, a take on the five stages of grief.
That show was recently renewed for a second season. If Banks-Davies can bring the same acclaim to Paper Girls, Amazon would be ecstatic. Stephany Folsom and Christopher C. Rogers will co-showrun the series, which is set to film sometime this year in Chicago.