MGMOrion Television acquired the rights to Max Barry’s novel “The 22 Madison May Murders” for development, Variety exclusively learned.
Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin will adapt the book for the screen in addition to being executive producers and showrunners. The story follows a woman traveling through different realities determined to stop a serial killer who murders the same victim over and over again, even as it turns her own reality upside down.
Lavender and Ulin have worked on literary adaptations for the small screen before, most recently as showrunners and executive producers on HBO’s hit Max series “The Flight Attendant” with Kaley Cuoco. Season 1 of “The Flight Attendant” was based on the novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian. The first season received extensive reviews and accolades upon its release in 2020, including two Golden Globe nominations – one for Best Comedy Series and the other for Cuoco for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. It was picked up for a second season in December, although Lavender and Ullin won’t be returning as showrunners for the second season. The two also served as executive producers of the popular ABC musical drama “Nashville”.
They are replaced by ICM, Range Media Partners and Morris Yorn.
Barry is the author of books such as “Jennifer Government” and “Lexicon”. Putnam in the US and Hodder & Stoughton in the UK will release “The 22 Murders of Madison May” in July 2021. Hotchkiss Daily & Associates represented the televised book deal on behalf of Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
(In the photo, left to right: Meredith Lavender, Marcie Ullin, Max Barry)
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