Mark Lawrence’s One Word Kill Is in Series Development

Mark Lawrence’s Impossible Times trilogy is the latest YA series to be optioned for television. One Word Kill takes its name from the first book in the series, which is about a teenage boy genius whose life gets strange when a new girl joins his Dungeons & Dragons group.

As Deadline reports, the adaptation comes from Holly Phillips, who created the teen revenge drama Get Even, and will be jointly produced by Synchronicity Films and Wild Sheep. No network or streaming platform is attached yet.

Lawrence, who’s best known for his grimdark fantasies, published the entire Impossible Times trilogy—One Word Kill, Limited Wish, and Dispel Illusion—over the course of 2019. Here’s the summary of book one:

In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.

Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar—man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now.

He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics.

Challenge accepted.

No casting or release date has been announced.


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