'Loner': HBO Developing Series Pilot for Teddy Wayne Novel Adaptation

Though its Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event is over, that doesn't mean HBO is finished boosting its programming slate – announcing early pilot development on Loner, a drama based on author Teddy Wayne's 2016 award-winning novel published by Simon & Schuster. Wayne is expected to both write the pilot and executive produce the project.

Here's a closer look as Wayne's novel:

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David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. Initially, however, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity.

Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan upbringing, David becomes instantly infatuated. Determined to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. But both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem.

Wayne is the author of novels Apartment (publishing in 2020), The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil. He's been recognized in the past as the winner of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and was also a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Wayne also serves as a regular contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker.

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