September 16, 2013 2:00pm PT by Philiana Ng
Lifetime Orders Dystopian Thriller 'The Lottery' to Pilot
Lifetime is getting into the conspiracy business.
The female-skewing cable network has ordered a one-hour drama pilot described as a "conspiracy thriller set in a dystopian future" from Children of Men co-writer Timothy J. Sexton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Set in a time when women stop having children, The Lottery reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction. Remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized and a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this important scientific breakthrough unfold, government interests and power begin to dominate one of the most personal and basic elements of humanity — the right to have a family.
Sexton, who penned the Toronto Film Festival title Libertador, will write the project and serve as executive producer with Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break, Tru Calling). Grady Girl Productions and Warner Horizon TV produce.
The pilot order comes a month after Lifetime issued a two-hour backdoor pilot to Nicholas Sparks' Deliverance Creek and the Alicia Silverstone pilot HR. The network has renewed Marc Cherry's Devious Maids for a second season, with the fates of its other scripted programming — The Client List, Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva — not yet announced.