Even if you’ve read Karen M. McManus’ bestseller One of us is lying, You won’t be able to predict who killed Simon on the Peacock series. According to the New York Comic Con 2021 virtual panel with the writers and actors of the new series, there are new suspects and twists to keep everyone busy. “We have the same central secret,” said Erica Saleh, who wrote the pilot, but there is more to it than that.
The show – the first three episodes of which are currently available for streaming – essentially asks “what if” Gossip aunt was in custody with The breakfast club“And turns this question into a murder secret when an imprisoned high school student is killed. Just like the John Hughes film, the four suspects come from four corners of the teenage social hierarchy and all “have secrets that they would literally kill for,” according to showrunner Darío Madrona. Addy is the princess; “The pressure to be perfect has absolutely reached her,” said actress Annalisa Cochrane. Cooper Clay is the athlete who, according to actor Chibuikem Uche, is “on his way to signing a major league contract.” Nate McCauley is the burnout “from the wrong side of the treatise”, according to the actor Cooper van Grootel). Finally there is the brain, Bronwyn Rojas. “[She’s] not really focused on them[self] because she’s so busy with her future that she doesn’t seem too young or too funny, ”said actress Marianly Tejada.
“Everything feels so important as a teenager,” said Madrona. He also created the hit series for young adults elite, but insisted that this series is thematically very different and, beyond incitement to murder, it won’t be nearly as scandalous. “Everything is so elevated. Every day feels like the last. Everything is the most important thing at the moment. “
The murder victim Simon appears in the series via flashbacks after his death in the first episode. In life, Simon ran a gossip blog that like Gossip aunt, terrorized the students of his high school. “He takes it upon himself to reveal everyone’s secrets,” said Mark McKenna (Simon). Every time you see Simon in a flashback, it does it through the memory of a living character. Because of his reputation, any character can remember him in a positive or negative light. “I have to interpret each scene differently,” McKenna said over the flashbacks.
The book that One of us is lying is based on uses multiple perspectives to enter and exit different characters’ point of view and present a range of unreliable narrators. By incorporating unreliable flashbacks into the series, the show can creatively mimic the feel of reading the book. While the show threw some wrenches into the novels’ plot as a red herring so as not to spoil the mystery, those behind the scenes have found other ways to create a faithful adaptation.