Two Book to Screens in USA Networks new line up: ‘Briarpatch’ by Ross Thomas and ‘Dare Me’ by Megan Abbott

‘USA Network has ordered four hourlong scripted pilots, Briarpatch, based on the Ross Tom novel, executive produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail; and Dare Me, a drama based on Megan Abbott’s book set within the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, from Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo via their new production banner. Treadstone, an action-packed drama that delves into the CIA black ops program known as Operation Treadstone from Universal Pictures’ Bourne film franchise. It hails from Heroes creator Tim Kring, Erase, a crime thriller-with-a-twist starring Denis Leary and created by Leary and Alex Cary.


Briarpatch, written by Andy Greenwald based on the Ross Thomas novel, is a co-production between UCP and Paramount Television that “celebrates the beloved genre that Thomas’ book represents — a unique blend of crime, thriller, mystery, and pulp fiction – while updating his electrifying sense of fun, danger and place for a new generation.” It follows Allegra Dill, a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered by a car bomb. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring the corrupt hometown Allegra thought she left behind to its knees.

Greenwald will executive produce with Esmail through his Esmail Corp production banner, and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton. Yann Demange will direct and serve as executive producer.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Megan Abbott, who serves as writer and executive producer along with Gina Fattore, Dare Me is described as an unflinching exploration of volatile female friendships, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town. Peering behind the all-American façade, the series dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, following the fraught relationship between two best friends after a new coach arrives to bring their team to prominence. Part coming-of-age story, part small-town drama, part murder mystery, Dare Me, from UCP and Film 44, exposes the physical and psychological extremes that some young women are willing to endure in order to get ahead.

Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo of Film 44 executive produce Dare Me along with Sarah Condon and Karen Rosenfelt.’

Via Deadline

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