In a competitive situation, Showtime has nabbed for development drama series project Yellowjackets, from Entertainment One, studio-based producer Drew Comins, and writer-producers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos).
Written by Lyle and Nickerson, Yellowjackets follows a girls’ high school soccer team. In 1975, the Dearborn High Yellowjackets became the first team in state history to qualify for the Girls’ U.S. Soccer Championship Series in Manchester, NH. They never got the chance to compete. Equal parts survival epic, horror story and pitch black coming of age, Yellowjackets tells the story of the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness, chronicling their descent from a friendly, cooperative team to warring, cannibalistic clans. At the same time, it follows the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly twenty-five years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.
Lyle and Nickerson executive produce alongside Comins via his Creative Engine Entertainment.
Yellowjackets, described as a smart, provocative female thriller that is subverting the teen genre, giving it a hard R treatment, was an original idea by Lyle and Nickerson. It was pursued by multiple producers, with Comins ultimately securing the project via his overall deal with The Mark Gordon Co.. Comins’ deal is now with eOne following Gordon’s transition to President and CCO of that company.
Lyle and Nickerson most recently served as producers-writers on Narcos and writers on The Originals. They are repped by UTA, Grandview, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.
eOne recently landed a pilot order at HBO for Run, a romantic comedic thriller from Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones. At the premium cable network, the company also has the upcoming series Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams.
This broadcast development season, Gordon and Comins landed a put pilot commitment at ABC for soapy drama Broken Record, executive produced by Meghan Trainor.