Showtime Picks Up Coming-Of-Age Survival Drama ‘Yellowjackets’ To Pilot; Karen Kusama To Direct

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Showtime has given a pilot inexperienced mild to drama Yellowjackets, from writers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos), Leisure One and studio-based producer Drew Comins. Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) will direct and govt produce the pilot, a co-production of Showtime and Leisure One. Manufacturing begins this fall in Los Angeles.

Written by Lyle and Nickerson, Yellowjackets is equal components survival epic, horror story and coming-of-age drama and tells the narrative of a staff of wildly proficient highschool women soccer gamers who develop into the (un)fortunate survivors of a airplane crash deep within the Ontario wilderness. The sequence chronicles their descent from a sophisticated however thriving staff to warring, cannibalistic clans, whereas additionally monitoring the lives they’ve tried to piece again collectively almost 25 years later, proving that the previous is rarely actually previous and what started out within the wilderness is way from over.

Lyle, Nickerson and Karyn Kusama govt produce with Comins by way of his Inventive Engine Leisure.

Yellowjackets is an enchanting, genre-spanning story that may resonate with viewers younger and outdated,” mentioned Jana Winograde, Presidents of Leisure, Showtime Networks. “With a background helming projects that visit the places of both our wildest dreams and worst nightmares, Karyn is the perfect director to bring Ashley and Bart’s wonderful script to life.”

Described tonally as Large Little Lies meets Lord of the Flies,Yellowjackets landed at Showtime for improvement in a aggressive state of affairs a little bit greater than a yr in the past. The venture was an unique thought by Lyle and Nickerson. It was pursued by a number of producers, with Comins in the end securing the venture by way of his then-overall cope with The Mark Gordon Co. At eOne, the venture is overseen by Jacqueline Sacerio.

Yellowjackets has been on a parallel improvement observe to The Wilds, an Amazon YA drama with the same setting, which has been picked as much as sequence.

Kusama has directed tv sequence together with Billions, The L Phrase, Masters of Intercourse, Halt and Catch Hearth, Informal and The Man within the Excessive Fort. Her characteristic credit embrace Destroyer, The Invitation, Jennifer’s Physique, Aeon Flux and Girlfight, which she additionally wrote and for which she was nominated for a Movie Unbiased Spirit Award for finest first characteristic. Yellowjackets marks Kusama’s pilot directing debut.

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