Hollywood's infatuation with Ruth Ware continues with news that the author's New York Times-bestselling novel The Lying Game is being adapted to series by Entertainment One (eOne) through The Gotham Group (The Maze Runner). Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell and Lindsay Williams are set to executive produce the psychological thriller; while eOne's Vice President-Scripted Development Polly Williams and Senior Vice President-Scripted Programming Carolyn Newman have been tapped to oversee series development.
Originally published by Simon & Schuster's Gallery Book, here's an overview of Ware's 2017 novel:
"On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…
The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, "I need you."
The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school's eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate's father)."
The Lying Game is only the latest in a number of Ware-authored adaptations planned. New Line acquired the rights to 2015's In a Dark, Dark Wood, with Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)attached; and CBS Films is currently setting-up a series based on 2016's The Woman in Cabin 10. The author herself said that she was "bowled over" by eOne's approach to the series; and for Pancho Mansfield, eOne's President, Global Scripted Programming-Television, the opportunity to work with Ware is an exciting one:
"The Lying Game is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that continues Ruth's cinematic storytelling with a swift pace and tension-raising style that makes it impossible to put down. We are thrilled to partner with Ruth and Gotham to bring this captivating story, which captured the imagination of fans around the world, to the screen."