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Showtime Orders Drama Pilot 'Yellowjackets'; Karyn Kusama To Direct

Showtime has announced a pilot order for the hour-long drama series Yellowjackets, with creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos) executive producing and serving as showrunners.

Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) will executive produce and direct the pilot, a co-production of Showtime and Entertainment One (eOne) taking place in Los Angeles this fall.

The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

Written by Lyle and Nickerson, Yellowjackets is equal parts survival epic, horror story and coming-of-age drama and tells the narrative of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness.

The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.

“Yellowjackets is a fascinating, genre-spanning story that will resonate with viewers young and old,” said Winograde. “With a background helming projects that visit the places of both our wildest dreams and worst nightmares, Karyn is the perfect director to bring Ashley and Bart’s wonderful script to life.”

**Photo courtesy of Showtime\Robin Holland**

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