Lifetime has given a straight-to-series, 10-episode order to the adaptation of psychological thriller You from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, the network announced Thursday.
Based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, You is a 21st-century love story about an obsessive, yet brilliant twentysomething who uses the hyper-connectivity of today’s technology to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him.
“You is the most twisted love story ever,” said Liz Gateway, Lifetime’s EVP and head of programming. “A romantic thriller centered around a relationship between two people that gets taken too far, the series explores the line between passion and obsession. In the amazingly talented hands of Greg and Sera, we know this project will be special.”
Kepnes, a former writer for EW, has been working with Berlanti since he optioned the book a few years ago. “He had that grin of just total obsession about it and I could tell right away he gets the book,” she previously told EW of their first meeting.
“My friends and I passed around and devoured Caroline’s genius book in just one week,” Berlanti told EW. “We discussed it like we were talking about a show we had just binged. It was fun and creepy and witty and emotional, and we hope we can make [the show] even half as good as this perfect novel.”
Berlanti and Gamble will executive produce You with Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein, and Gina Girolamo.