With ABC Family finding success with PRETTY LITTLE LIARS based on the young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the network is now adapting THE LYING GAME to series from the Shepard novels as well about twins (both played by Alexandra Chando ) who discover the other exists and decide to swap lives temporarily with disastrous (and mysterious) results.
Like LIARS, THE LYING GAME will follow its own path in order to sustain itself as a TV series, and at today’s Television Critics Association press session for the show, executive producer Charles Pratt, Jr. spoke about the adaptation.
“If you’ve read the book, certain aspects of the book make it very difficult to adapt for a TV series,” says Pratt Jr. “There is a murder and certain stuff that happens tonally which becomes a challenge of ‘what parts of the book do we want to accentuate and build on so we don’t disappoint anyone who likes the books going forward. ‘ e have combined some characters, but the mystery elements continue through. It’s been an enormous challenge, but we’ve been given an enormous amount of freedom.”
And in terms of keeping it interesting and surprising for fans of the novels, Pratt Jr. adds that it won’t be a problem either.
“The audience, having read the first book at this point will be satisfied and intrigued that ‘oh, it’s taking some chances and going off in a few different directions,’ but the sense of mystery and reveals with satisfy everyone,” adds Pratt Jr.
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