CBS Adapting Koethi Zan’s ‘The Never List’


CBS will be adapting the novel The Never List for series television. Written by entertainment lawyer Koethi Zan, her debut novel tells the tale of two best girlfriends who are kidnapped and held in a dungeon with other girls. One of the girls makes it out, but even as an adult, she is haunted by her friend who didn’t make it and by her abductor who is up for parole.

A.M. Homes (The L Word) will adapt the script and and be the showrunner.

From the book’s press release:

For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”: a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism.

Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. It was inspired by recent news events.

Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.

Source: THR: CBS Adapting Koethi Zan’s Best-Seller The Never List