What We Know About the ‘One of Us Is Lying’ Adaptation So Far

Posted on February 23, 2018 by

Karen M. McManus and One of Us Is Lying book coverKaren M. McManus’s debut novel, One of Us Is Lying, made quite a splash when it was published in May 2017. Now fans who have been hoping for a One of Us Is Lying movie or TV adaptation have something to look forward to. The book attracted the attention of Universal Cable Productions, who picked up adaptation rights to the book in what Deadline called “a competitive situation.” E! has put the twisty young adult thriller in development as a TV series with John Sacchi and Matt Groesch executive producing through Sacchi’s company 5 More Minutes Productions.

One of Us Is Lying has been described as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. The similarity to John Hughes’s 1985 coming-of-age film The Breakfast Club is more than coincidence.

“I actually got the idea while I was driving and listening to the radio,” McMcManus told Publishers Weekly. “I think there’s something about having half my brain engaged in a mundane task that kind of gives the other half freedom to roam.” When the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club soundtrack came on, McManus “started thinking it would be fun to write an update of that movie, which I loved, but with some sort of a twist. And the phrase ‘The Breakfast Club with murder’ popped into my head, and it just stuck there.”

Here is the intriguing publisher’s description for One of Us Is Lying:

“Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

Since its publication, the novel has become a runaway hit, published in more than 30 countries and landing on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 30 weeks so far. It’s no surprise that the character-driven story is being adapted for the screen. McManus announced the news of the TV series on Twitter last fall:

In a subsequent tweet, she said, “I should add that this is only a first step, lots of hurdles yet to come before it’s a series, etc, also did I mention MY BOOK + TV AHHHHHH.”

There’s no word yet on when the TV series will arrive or who will star in it. But in other exciting news, McManus told Publishers Weekly she’s working on her next YA book, which is a standalone novel “in the suspense/thriller vein.” It’s tentatively scheduled for publication in fall 2018.


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