1:30pm PT by Rick Porter
HBO Max Developing Classic Kids' Novel 'The Westing Game'
HBO Max is looking to bring a classic children's novel to the screen.
The WarnerMedia streaming platform is developing a project based on The Westing Game, author Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal winning novel. The potential series, which is being developed under a script to series model, comes from MGM/UA Television. Producer Julie Corman, who owns rights to the novel, will executive produce.
HBO Max, MGM and Corman are meeting with writers and directors about adapting the book for TV.
Published in 1978, The Westing Game is an ensemble mystery-comedy that begins with the death of millionaire Samuel Westing. The reading of his will sets in motion a game for his 16 heirs unlike any other, the winners of which will walk away with his $200 million fortune. The show won the Newbery Medal for children's literature that year and was ranked as the best kids' novel of all time in a 2012 School Library Journal survey.
Corman previously produced a TV movie based on the novel (also known as Get a Clue) that Showtime aired in 1997.
The Westing Game joins a roster of productions at MGM that also includes Fargo, The Handmaid's Tale, History's Vikings and Netflix sequel Vikings: Valhalla, Epix's Get Shorty and CBS' Silence of the Lambs sequel Clarice, which is due to premiere in 2021.