Panic: Amazon orders first young adult drama
Ivan Radford | On 30, May 2019
Amazon Studios has announced that it has greenlit its first drama for young adults, Panic, based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall). Oliver, known for her widely popular novels which have been translated into thirty-five languages, will also write each episode, and is creator and executive producer. Panic will be produced by Amazon Studios in conjunction with Glasstown Entertainment and Roth Kirschenbaum Films. Panic will premiere on Amazon Prime Video worldwide in over 200 countries and territories.
Panic takes viewers to a small town in America, where every year, the graduating seniors engage in a competition they believe is their one chance to escape. But this year, the rules have changed and they must decide how much they are willing to risk in order to get out.
“Panic tells a story aimed at young adults, but anyone would be pulled in by the compelling characters and high stakes drama brought to life by Lauren Oliver. She is a rare talent in her ability to capture this generation so authentically,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.
“I am excited that Amazon is broadening its scope to include stories of emergent adulthood, and grateful that Panic will be among their first generation,” said Oliver. “This has already been my favorite kind of project: long, thrilling, challenging, and immensely transformative. And we haven’t even started pre-production!”
The Panic pilot starred Olivia Welch as Heather, Mike Faist as Dodge, Ray Nicholson as Ray, and Will Chase as Sheriff Kean.
Panic, based on the novel published by Harper Collins, is executive produced by Oliver, in her first television credit, for Glasstown Entertainment along with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Adam Schroeder. Lynley Bird of Glasstown Entertainment and Alyssa Altman of Roth Kirschenbaum Films will co-executive produce. Oliver’s deal was negotiated by UTA, Stephen Barbara of Inkwell, and attorney Jamie Feldman.