Synchronicity will produce a new series with Erik Barmack’s Wild Sheep

Acclaimed writer Holly Phillips to adapt Mark Lawrence fantasy book trilogy into a TV series called "One Word Kill".


Holly Phillips


Production company Synchronicity Films is co-producing a new YA scripted series "One Word Kill" with Erik Barmack’s Wild Sheep, the LA-based production company set up last year by the former Netflix VP of Original Series.  Acclaimed writer Holly Phillips is on board the project to adapt the trilogy of books of the same name, written by best-selling British-American fantasy writer Mark Lawrence, into a YA returnable series. 

"One Word Kill" begins when fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week. Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations, but when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next.

Erik Barmack said: “Claire and her team are experts at producing drama that is watched around the world. I couldn't be more thrilled to be partnering with her and Mark on this unique YA project.”

Claire Mundell added: “Erik’s understanding of the global scripted marketplace is second to none, and we are genuinely thrilled to be working with him to bring Mark’s addictive book trilogy to the screen. This story has it all: fantasy, high stakes, romance – and Dungeons and Dragons. With her incredible track record of creating award-winning shows, Holly is the perfect writer to adapt these fantasy novels for a YA audience.”

Holly Phillips added: “'One Word Kill' captures the joy and the messiness of being a teenager. It's about finding your tribe and the sacrifices you'll make for them once you've found them. I can't wait to bring it to life.”