The thriller was published earlier this year and centers on a popular high school student named Natasha. She’s discovered by a dog-walker, apparently drowned in a freezing river and dead for 13 minutes before starting to breathe again.
Natasha had been the leader of the Barbies, but the other group members are now cool to her. She also begins seeing patterns of 13.
Schwartz and Savage, who created The CW’s “Gossip Girl,” are on board to write the adaptation and produce through their Fake Empire company. De Luca Productions’ executive Lucy Kitada is executive producing along with Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski.
De Luca has been nominated three times for the Best Picture Academy Award nominee for producing “The Social Network,” “Moneyball” and “Captain Phillips.” He’s also producing the “Fifty Shades of Grey” films and Tom Hanks’ “Inferno.”
Schwartz and Savage are also producing the “Monster High” feature film. Schwartz created the teen drama series “The O.C.,” which ran for four seasons on Fox.
Netflix has been expanding into theatrical film production. It’s currently teamed with Plan B on “Okja” with “Snowpiercer’s” Bong Joon-Ho directing and Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton starring.
Schwartz, Savage and Fake Empire are repped by WME and attorney Joel McKuin. Pinborough is repped by Underground Management and attorney Dave Feldman.