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Ruth Ware’s ‘The Lying Game’ Acquired by Gotham Group—Joins Adaptation Club with Gillian Flynn

As of Wednesday (August 16), British novelist Ruth Ware‘s most recent novel, The Lying Game, has been optioned for film, and it’s only been on shelves for a little over a month.

According to reports by Deadline, The Gotham Group––which acquired Ware’s other two novels: The Woman in Cabin 10, selected to be led by CBS Films since March 2017, and her debut breakout, In a Dark, Dark Wood, just years before by New Line, and to be co-produced by Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon––have acquired The Lying Game (released July 2017) for film treatment.

Ruth Ware The Lying Game Cover Release Summer July 2017
Nick Tucker / Pictured: Author Ruth Ware

Ware’s latest mystery will chronicle four former best friends at Salten, a “second-rate boarding school” where the girls have spent years burying each other’s secrets. While there, the women come together by playing what they referred to as “the lying game,” in which they deliberately lie to their classmates and teachers, but never to each other. However, one woman’s precarious discovery and an arbitrary text message could unearth the big little secrets shared between Fatima, Thea, Kate, and Isabel.

The announcement marks Ware’s entire canon being treated for film, all three of her novels have already been snagged for the big screen either before or on the heels of publication.

While I’m certain there are plenty of other thriller writers who come to mind, but the only author I’ve read to have reached such this achievement is, yes, none other than Gillian Flynn, whose entire catalog––Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl––have been either transformed for cinema. And for that, congrats, Ruth Ware!

As of late, no other developments to the film’s cast or production advancements have been revealed. We’ll keep you abreast as they come.

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