The book by Caroline Kepnes centers around brilliant bookstore manager, Joe, who crosses paths with an aspiring writer. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle, and person, in his way.
Berlanti and Gamble are writing the script and will executive produce with Berlanti Productions’ Sarah Schechter and Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.
The thriller fits Lifetime’s classic brand of “love-gone-wrong” but brings something different to the table as the entire narrative hails from Joe’s perspective. Lifetime has shown women in Fatal Attraction-esque stories as both victims and abusers, but it’s usually from the female perspective. Gamble has been praised for her work on The Magicians, particularly for their handling of an abuse storyline from the female victim’s viewpoint. It will be interesting to see how Gamble and Berlanti handle a story that is solely from the view of a male losing his grip on reality.
Since Gossip Girl ended in 2012, Badgley has taken a break from television starring in the films Easy A, John Tucker Must Die, and Margin Call. He made a brief return to TV in 2015 with the NBC series The Slap, which was quickly canceled.
Emily J | TV Editor