EXCLUSIVE: ABC Family has teamed with producer Joel Silver to develop I Hunt Killers, a drama series based on Barry Lyga‘s young-adult novel. The project, from Silver Pictures and Warner Horizon, centers on the teenage daughter of an imprisoned notorious serial killer, a likable girl who becomes a suspect after a string of copy-cat murders. (In the book, the teen is a boy). It will be written by Dexter scribe Arika Mittman, which is appropriate as I Hunt Killers has a similar feel, but with a teenage twist. Silver executive produces, with Mittman serving as co-executive producer and Lyga as consultant.
I Hunt Killers was published by Little Brown this past spring (watch the book’s trailer below), with a sequel, Game, set to come out next spring. The book was brought to Silver by the company’s feature department, and the project was set up at Warner Bros where Silver was under a deal. ABC Family has had success with series adaptations of young-adult novels, including flagship drama Pretty Little Liars, also produced by Warner Horizon. On the TV side, Silver has had most success with a show with a teenage girl at the center, UPN’s Veronica Mars. Mittman is repped by WME and manager Todd Feldman.