HBO Max has given a direct-to-series order for Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, from executive producer/writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and co-executive producer/writer Lindsay Calhoon Bring (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).
The dark, “coming-of-rage,” horror-tinged drama Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is set in a new town from the original series but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe. Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls—a brand-new set of “Little Liars”—find themselves tormented by an unknown assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago, as well as their own.
The series is produced by Aguirre-Sacasa’s Muckle Man Productions and Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, You) in association with Warner Bros. Television. Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo are also executive producers of the series, which is based on the best-selling series of books by Sara Shepard.
The first Pretty Little Liars series was produced by Warner Horizon Television for Freeform/ABC Family, debuted in June 2010 and ran for seven seasons, concluding in June 2017. The Pretty Little Liars book series includes 16 books and three companion novels.
Aguirre-Sacasa and Calhoon Bring said: “We’re such huge fans of what I. Marlene King and her iconic cast created, we knew that we had to treat the original series as #CANON and do something different. So we’re leaning into the suspense and horror in this reboot, which hopefully will honor what the fans loved about the hit series while weaving in new, unexpected elements.”
“Roberto and Lindsay are expanding the Pretty Little Liars universe with more murder, mysteries and scandal, and we can’t wait,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max.