Julie Plec and her My So-Called Company banner and Universal Television, where The Vampire Diaries co-creator is based, optioned the book, which was published in 2014, optioned the book as part of a trio of deals with Lockhart earlier this summer.
Amazon Prime Video has now taken the project in for development and has set up a mini writers’ room.
Plec and Roswell, New Mexico co-creator Carina Adly MacKenzie are adapting the book, which was published in 2014. Plec is writing the first episode and MacKenzie is writing the second episode.
We Were Liars is a “tragic” love story and an amnesia thriller set on a privately owned island off the coast of Massachusetts.
It focuses on the the theme of consequences of one’s mistakes. It is centered on the wealthy, seemingly perfect Sinclair family, who spend every summer sitting gathered on their private island. However, not every summer is the same—when something happens to Cadence during the summer of her fifteenth year, the four “Liars” – Cadence, Johnny, Gat and Mirren – re-emerge two years later to prompt Cadence to remember the incident.
Plec, MacKenzie, Emily Cummins and E. Lockhart will exec produce with Universal Television producing.
Plec is represented by Entertainment 360 and Felker Toczek Suddleson and MacKenzie is represented by WME and Entertainment 360.