While they may think they’ve moved on to college and on with their lives, the reach of the Pretty Little Liars universe extends far and wide — as Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Mona (Janel Parrish) are about to learn firsthand in Freeform‘s new 10-episode spinoff series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
Deadline Hollywood reports that original series writer/executive producer I. Marlene King, Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Scripted Television are on board the project, based on the popular book series The Perfectionists from Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard.
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is set in the town of Beacon Heights, a seemingly perfect town where a group of three college friends struggle with the stress of being overachievers. In the aftermath of the town’s first murder, each “perfectionist” hides behind a secret… a lie… and an alibi.
Joining Pieterse and Parrish on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists are: Sofia Carson (Disney’s Descendants) as Ava; Sydney Park (The Walking Dead) as Caitlin; newcomer Eli Brown as Dylan; Graeme Thomas King (The Widow) as Jeremy; Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) as Claire; and Hayley Erin (General Hospital) in a secret role.
In an interview with Bustle earlier this year, King assured Pretty Little Liars fans that the new series would not be lacking in mysteries and secrets:
“Tonally, it’s very similar. There is a big mystery, and there is a murder, and there are some characters who are a fractured group at the beginning of our story, and through a murder they become friends. So it’s similar in that regard, but it’s a whole new mystery, a whole new murder.”
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is produced by Alloy Entertainment and Long Lake Media in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. King (Pretty Little Liars, Famous in Love) wrote the pilot and serves as executive producer alongside Charlie Craig (Pretty Little Liars, The 100), Lisa Cochran-Neilan (Pretty Little Liars, Famous in Love), Leslie Morgenstein (Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries), Gina Girolamo (The 100, The Originals); and Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (Relationship Status), who also directed the pilot.