The last few years there has been a resurgence of some older books thanks to the internet book-centric social media communities, and this We Were Liars adaptation is a direct result of those fans. A resurgence in 2020 led to both an adaptation deal and a prequel book for this young adult mystery.
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This page was updated: 8/7/23
About The Book:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
Cady Sinclair spends her summers on a private island. After suffering a terrible accident she struggles to remember events that happened in her past.
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Current Production Status:
Filming is on hold due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. The series was expected to film throughout Summer 2023.
We Were Liars Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in 2014, and had a resurgence in 2020 thanks to the social media book communities.
In June 2022 author E. Lockhart announced that a television series was being developed based on the book.
Amazon Studios joined the project and greenlit a season order in March 2023 with casting beginning immediately and filming expected to begin in June. Lockhart confirmed in a May 2023 Tweet that the open casting call had ended.
Thank you so much for paying such thoughtful attention to my work. https://t.co/9BgDWa6otH We had an open casting call, but alas the deadline is passed.
— E. Lockhart (@elockhart) May 26, 2023
Filming was delayed due to the dual WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike and the project will be on hold until a deal is reached.
Who Owns The Rights:
Julie Plec acquired the rights to this book, and others from E. Lockhart, as part of her deal with Universal Television. Amazon Studios joined the project later and will distribute the series on their streaming service, Prime Video.
Who Is Attached:
There have been no announcements made yet regarding the cast.
Who would you like to see play these characters? Leave your dream casting choices in the comments!
Filming is expected to place in Massachusetts (which is where the book is set) and Los Angeles.
With filming supposed to occur in Summer 2023 it was likely this series could have come out in 2024, however the SAG-AFTRA strike delaying production means we probably won’t see this until 2025.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book has not been featured on Alison in Libraryland before.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘Family of Liars’ and ‘Again Again’ were both optioned at the same time and by the same companies that are doing We Were Liars. Production on either of those probably won’t begin until this project is close to being done at the earliest.
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