Liz Nugent’s psychological thriller Lying In Wait (Penguin Books) is to be developed as a mini-series.
Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole at Treasure Entertainment and Katheryn Winnick at Kat Scratch have optioned the rights. Irish writer David Turpin has been hired to develop the project.
The deal was brokered by CAA and Niall Murphy at Treasure Entertainment.
The book was originally published in the UK in 2016 and explores the corrosive impact of a young woman’s murder on two families. The synopsis reads: "On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax."
Nugent said: “I am so particularly delighted that Lying in Wait will be produced by my old friends at Treasure Entertainment, a company whose work I have long admired. I’m also thrilled that a luminary of the calibre of Katheryn Winnick will direct. I am looking forward to working with such a dynamic and hard-working team. My mind is racing with the possibilities of how, together, we might bring this modern Gothic story to life on screen. Huge thanks to my agent Marianne Gunn O’Connor and CAA’s Michelle Kroess and Jiah Shin for all the hard work to make this magical alliance become a reality.”
O’Flanagan added: “We are thrilled to have secured the option on Liz Nugent’s book Lying in Wait. We are massive fans of Liz’s work and believe that it is ripe for adaptation. We are so looking forward to powering forward with this and working with Katheryn in bringing these fascinating characters and story to the screen.”
Winnick said: "I was captivated by the interesting and dynamic characters Liz Nugent created in Lying In Wait. I couldn’t put the book down. I knew it was something I needed to be a part of the second I finished reading it.”