E! is venturing back into the world of scripted dramatic series television, with the cable network developing Karen M. McManus's bestselling mystery-thriller young adult novel One Of Us Is Lying for series. Produced under the Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and 5 More Minutes Productions banners, the series is set to be produced by John Sacchi and Matt Groesch.
The novel and series premise comes across as a hybrid of The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars, cut with a little bit of Ten Little Indians and Rope to make things really interesting. What happens when five people enter detention, but only four people end-up walking back out again? Who's guilty? Who's innocent? And how will things change once everyone's dark secrets begin to surface?
"Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them."
One Of Us Is Lying is McManus's debut novel, published in May 2017 by Delacorte Press/Random House. The novel was chosen as an EW.com Selection for the Book You Have to Read in May; a Bustle.com Best Young Adult Book of May 2017; and a Popcrush Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of May 2017.