“Out of Her Depth” series in development at Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has selected Lizzie Barber’s popular psychological thriller novel Out of Her Depth to develop the series.

Set in the heat of a Tuscan summer, the novel follows a violent Rachel, who gets the chance of a lifetime with a summer job in the Tuscan hills, receiving room and board for her services at the luxurious Villa Medici hotel. She soon finds herself drawn to a global crowd of wealthy friends where allegiances can shift instantly.

When she asks her new friend Diana to help her win over the affections of the handsome and charming Sebastian, she thinks she might finally have a chance to become a part of their world, but when she discovers that Diana may have intentions of her own, she begins to learn the true cost of friendship. And when Sebastian begins to focus on sweet and innocent Valentina, Rachel discovers there may be a higher price to pay.

Golden Gate Studios at Lock Scriss, which has a first-sight deal with SPT, will develop the adaptation that will be written by screenwriter Matilda Curtis.

Scriss will executive produce alongside Barber. Brendan Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President of International Co-Production for Sony Pictures Television International Production, will oversee the studio project.

Curtis is currently working with production company Fleabag Two Brothers Pictures on “Dinosaur,” a drama series for “Carnival,” and “Sunshine Girl,” a comedy in development with Stigma Films.

The deal was brokered by Emily Hayward-Whitlock at the Artists Partnership. Pan Macmillan acquired the copyright via Luigi Bonomi at Luigi Bonomi Associates in a two-book deal. Out of Her Depth was published by Pan Macmillan in the UK in April and by Harper Collins in the US

Curtis is represented by independent talent and UTA.

Barber’s first novel, “My Name is Anna” was published in 2019 in the UK by Penguin Random House and Harper Collins in the US and her third novel, “A Girl Like That” will be published in 2023 by Pan Macmillan.

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