Lionsgate, Reese Witherspoon Developing ‘Outliers’ Trilogy as Next Major YA Franchise

Lionsgate, Reese Witherspoon Developing 'Outliers' Trilogy as Next Major YA Franchise

Mandeville's Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will produce with Bruna Papandrea and Witherspoon

Lionsgate has acquired the feature film rights to Kimberly McCreight's upcoming novel trilogy “The Outliers,” which is could serve as the studio's next YA franchise after “The Hunger Games.”


In “The Outliers,” Wylie has always had great instincts, but she dismissed them as nothing more, until her best friend went missing. She finds Cassie in a remote spot in the woods with a group called the Outliers, who claim to be able to harness “intuition” and turn it into a powerful psychological weapon called EQ Transference. Bewitched by the utopia they seem to have created, and thrilled to be surrounded by people like her, Wylie joins the Outliers. But within days, she finds herself running for her life. Wylie doesn't know it, but she has the potential to become the most powerful Reader of all. There are many who would go to great lengths to destroy her, and she can't trust anyone – least of all, the Outliers.

Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will produce via their Mandeville Films banner along with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea via their Pacific Standard banner. Mandeville and Papandrea also produced “Warm Bodies” for Summit.

Mandeville's hard-working development executive Laura Cray was instrumental in the “Outliers” deal, having brought the project in. She'll oversee “Outliers” for Mandeville, while Lionsgate/Summit execs Erik Feig and Meredith Milton will oversee the project for the studio, whose Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on Lionsgate's behalf.

“The Outliers” continues Lionsgate's successful relationship with Mandeville Films, which produced Summit Entertainment's “Warm Bodies” and has recently come aboard to executive produce the “Divergent” sequel “Insurgent.”

Pacific Standard is the production company behind the upcoming feature film adaptations of two bestselling novels, “Gone Girl” and “Wild.”

In a preemptive major sale, HarperCollins acquired North American publishing rights to McCreight's upcoming trilogy earlier this year. The first book in the series will be published in late 2015.

McCreight's bestselling debut novel, “Reconstructing Amelia,” is being developed by Nicole Kidman, who is also attached to star. The author is represented by Resolution and Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc.

  • Honey Badger Don't Care

    Screw her. She's an entitled, elitist jackass. I saw that tape of her getting arrested, and acting like a jackass.

    I saw her in legally blonde, but I will never watch another thing she's in or produces.

  • violet

    Her roles are drying up. Smart move.

  • Ariandale

    Oh no. This author.
    See, after City of Bones and according to the critics Divergent and possibly The Maze Runner (if it's anything similar to the series) this whole YA trend will flop due to the unflattering response. All the other films on progress will be on hold and or have major script revisions because unfortunately due to Hunger Games and Harry Potter with the scripts so close to the novel itself all other books-to-films will follow the same route.
    And it will get boring, even if Divergent and The Maze Runner has an ok success. Because people will eventually get tired of the cliches and tropes in the young adult ‘book world'; where the heroine who is special and the fate of society/humanity/good beings rests on her even though she's a teenager. Bonus points if the world is dystopian or the characters are paranormals.
    Of course she has to think she's this plain girl, but everyone is actually in love with her. The mysterious good looking guy with a shady past. Love triangles are dying out in recent novels, but sure, throw in a nice guy that will always be friend zoned. The heroine, instead of focusing on saving their dystopian world will instead puzzle about which guy she likes more. Insta-love is of course key.
    The villain is a one-dimensional character who we know as “evil” but is never truly explained why except for repetitions of “the villain is evil!” shoved into the readers’ faces. The dystopian world is obviously flawed and has gaping plot-holes. Nobody tells the heroine anything except for “you're special. now save the world” and she complies. Even when telling her information could avoid disasters A + B + C, yet nope, the author needs plots and this is the laziest way to generate them.
    Now throw in some mindless killings, slut-shaming, white and straight characters, and ta-da! recipe for a million-dollar contract for your novel.
    The sad thing is that people- teenagers- young adults- adults would read this and think that it's good and love it. You'll think that the authors could have changed one trope, any trope, but? Nope. I truly hope that in the next two years or so this fad will die out.