Warner Bros. Television has acquired the rights to “The Forbidden Game” trilogy of teen-themed horror novels by LJ Smith (“The Hunter,” “The Chase” and “The Kill”) for Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions to adapt as TV drama. The proposed series will be executive produced by Berlanti Productions’ Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden. Search is underway for a writer.
“The Forbidden Game” novels focus on a girl named Jenny and six friends as they enter a Jumanji-like game that drops them into different shadow worlds to fight off their worst nightmares, or die and have their souls forever imprisoned. The stakes are set by Julian, an enigmatic blue-eyed boy who moves freely between worlds. Jenny is determined to save herself and her friends, but when she starts to fall in love with Julian her loyalties are tested beyond anything she has ever experienced.
LJ Smith is also the author of “The Vampire Diaries,” which was adapted into a successful eight season sitcom on The CW. The spinoff series, “The Originals,” ran for five seasons.
There is no official outlet yet for “The Forbidden Games,” but The CW seems the most likely.