CBS has given the green light to the production of a pilot based on Koethi Zan's spine-tingling debut, The Never List, which was published in July. Zan will be a consultant on the project—but her novel will be adapted by the author A.M. Homes.
Homes is no stranger to dark dramas, and her offbeat humor could be a welcome addition to Zan's grim story of two best friends held captive and tortured for years in a dreary basement room with a few other women. From our review:
"Ten years later, Sarah is trying to live with what happened, including the loss of her best friend and the fact that her former captor is up for parole in four months. He has been sending letters from jail to the three surviving girls, and Sarah believes that there is more to these letters than the mindless ramblings of a madman. She is determined to find evidence to keep her tormentor in jail and put her own mind to rest."
While there's no a shortage of crime dramas starring tortured protagonists on the small screen these days, I'm curious to see what Homes, who wrote one of my favorite books of 2012, might bring to this iteration of that somewhat tired TV trope. Will you look for this pilot next season? Who would you cast as Sarah?