Ruth Ware’s New York Times-bestseller The Lying Game is being turned into a television series after Entertainment One (eOne) partnered with The Gotham Group. The psychological mystery is the latest Ware-penned project to be adapted after New Line picked up Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood with Reese Witherspoon attached and CBS Films set up The Woman in Cabin 10.
The novel starts after a woman walking her dog in an idyllic coastal village finds something sinister in the local estuary before three young women in London receive a mysterious text message from one of their friends. The women had been at boarding school together and were known for playing the ‘lying game’, telling lies to fellow boarders and teachers, before they were expelled following the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher.
eOne acquired the global rights to the novel, which is published by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books, from The Maze Runner producer The Gotham Group. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell and Lindsay Williams will executive produce the television series, while eOne’s Polly Williams, VP, Scripted Development and Carolyn Newman, SVP, Scripted Programming, will oversee the project.
Ware, who is represented by Shari Smiley at The Gotham Group and by Eve White of Eve White Literary Agency in the UK, said she was “bowled over” by eOne’s “passionate” pitch for the show.
“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,” said Pancho Mansfield, eOne’s President, Global Scripted Programming, Television. “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.”
“Ruth is a master storyteller,” added Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder and CEO of The Gotham Group. “Everything she writes feels so cinematic and the characters are so rich. We are honored and thrilled she is entrusting us with another one of her edge-of-your-seat thrillers.”