We Were Liars Adaptation for Prime Video


Prime Video has ordered an adaptation of E. Lockhart’s novel We Were Liars, with Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, Legacies) and Carina Adly MacKenzie (Roswell, New Mexico; The Originals) attached as writers.

The psychological mystery takes place on a privately owned island off the coast of Massachusetts and features family drama and plenty of plot twists. Universal Television and Amazon Studios are producing the series adaptation.

Plec is writing the first episode, while Adly MacKenzie is working on the second. Both are executive producing as well, alongside Emily Cummins (The Endgame, Vampire Academy) for Plec’s My So-Called Company and author Lockhart.

“E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars is a gripping story centered on family, love, secrets and lies that is perfect for our Prime Video audience,” said Vernon Sanders, head of television for Amazon and MGM Studios. “Lockhart, Julie Plec and Carina Adly MacKenzie are each brilliant at creating complex characters, and we’re looking forward to teaming up with these incredible storytellers, along with Universal Television, to bring this show to life.”

“This haunting psychological mystery from E. Lockhart has everything—first love, bougie family drama and plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat!” said Erin Underhill, president of Universal Television. “With Julie and Carina penning the series, the project couldn’t be in better hands. We’re excited to partner with Prime Video and Amazon Studios to bring We Were Liars to audiences all over the world.”

Plec and Adly MacKenzie said, “We’ve been obsessed with this beloved story for years, and for a while, it seemed like it might be the one that got away from us. But finally, we are elated to be bringing it to life with everyone at Prime Video and UTV, who are just as passionate about this twisty tale as we are. We‘re also incredibly grateful that the author has joined our creative team behind the scenes. As die-hard book fans ourselves, we have one message to the many loyal readers out there: if anyone asks you how it ends… just lie.”