12:06pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Lord of the Flies'-Like Drama Series Starring Kathryn Newton a Go at Netflix
Netflix is delving deeper into the YA space with a Lord of the Flies-like drama series from Chris Keyser and Marc Webb.
The untitled 10-episode project is considered to be a mix of Lost meets Lord of the Flies. It revolves around young adults fighting for survival. Teens are forced to take matters into their own hands when they return to their town from a trip cut short to find that everyone is missing and there's no way out of the town. Teens will party, panic, grieve, fight and ultimately be forced to decide how to deal with the unthinkable.
Kathryn Newton (Blockers; Big Little Lies; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Little Women) will star in the series as Allie, the teen who becomes the leader of the mysterious teenage world. The character is constantly living in the shadow of her older sister, Kim (not yet cast). Allie inspires her sister to take charge of the group and supports her during the confrontation that follows.
Keyser (The Last Tycoon, Tyrant, Party of Five) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man). Webb will direct. Production is set to begin in September near Boston.
The role follows Newton's breakout part in the film Blockers. She next stars in the Julia Roberts feature Ben Is Back, which is due in December. Her credits also include Lady Bird. On the TV side, she will next return to reprise her role in season two of HBO's Big Little Lies. Newton is repped by Innovative, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.
Keyser is in development on Freeform's Party of Five reboot. Repped by CAA, his credits include Amazon's The Last Tycoon, FX's Tyrant and co-creating Fox's original Party of Five.
The Newton-led series arrives as Netflix has found continued success with the YA drama 13 Reasons Why and as streaming rival Amazon is making a big push for programming in the space under new exec Jennifer Salke.
Here's Netflix's official logline: The series follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town, left without any trace of their parents. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive. The series is a modern take on Lord of the Flies.