MGM’s Orion Television has acquired the rights to the Max Barry novel “The 22 Murders of Madison May” for development, Variety has learned exclusively.
Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin will adapt the book for the screen in addition to serving as executive producers and showrunners. The story follows a woman traveling across different realities determined to stop a serial killer who is murdering the same victim over and over again, even if it upends her own reality.
Lavender and Ulin have previous experience working on literary adaptations for the small screen, most recently serving as the showrunners and executive producers of HBO Max’s hit series “The Flight Attendant” starring Kaley Cuoco. Season 1 of “The Flight Attendant” was based on the novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian. The first season received strong reviews and awards consideration upon its release in 2020, including two Golden Globe nominations — one for best comedy series and other for Cuoco for best actress in a comedy series. It was picked up for a second season in December, though Lavender and Ullin will not return as showrunners for the second season. The pair also previously served as executive producers on the popular ABC music drama “Nashville.”
They are repped by ICM, Range Media Partners, and Morris Yorn.
Barry is the author of books such as “Jennifer Government” and “Lexicon.” Putnam in the US and Hodder & Stoughton in UK will publish “The 22 Murders of Madison May” in July 2021. Hotchkiss Daily & Associates represented the book’s television deal on behalf of Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
(Pictured, from left to right: Meredith Lavender, Marcie Ullin, Max Barry)