EXCLUSIVE: It’s us Star Justin Hartley has teamed up with series director / executive producer Ken Olin to acquire the rights to Jeffery Deaver’s 2019 thriller, The game never.
Hartley is committed to staring in the potential first season and Olin is set to lead the project, which Hartley’s ChangeUp Productions and Olin’s Afterportsmouth Productions will develop and produce under the companies’ deals at 20th Television.
Michael Cooney (Identity) will write the drama adaptation and executive produce with Hartley and Olin. Other producers include Roxy Olin, Head of Afterportsmouth Productions, and Julianna LaRosa, Head of ChangeUp Productions.
Written by Cooney based on The New York Times Book Review Top 10 Mystery Novels of the Year, The game never follows Colter Shaw (Hartley), who travels the country in his old camper van to help police and individuals solve crimes and locate missing people, until his latest case changes everything. This time it’s personal. Shaw finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse, risking his own life to save the victims. He quickly learns that he is not the only one hunting: someone is on his trail and is quickly approaching.
Shaw of Hartley is an award seeker raised by survivalists off the grid. He and his siblings were educated by their parents, former teachers who fled the city for their safety and taught the rules of survival, or “The Never Game,” as their father called him before he was. murdered.
Hartley stars as Kevin Pearson in popular NBC / 20th drama series It’s us, now in his fifth season, on which he has also directed. In features, Hartley’s recent credits include Universal Pictures’ The hunt, little one and A bad moms Christmas by STX Entertainment. He is replaced by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
Olin is It’s us‘performing the executive producer. His credits include Milf, siblings and A.k.a. Olin is replaced by WME and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Cooney is replaced by UTA.