The Thousandth Floor TV Series

ABC Developing Thousandth Floor, Based on Upcoming YA Book Series

Nothing says “vote of confidence” like developing a TV series before its source material is even published.

ABC is developing The Thousandth Floor, a one-hour drama based on the upcoming young adult novels from Katharine McGee. Maggie Friedman (Witches of East End) will pen the script and executive-produce alongside Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.

Here’s the official logline:

Drama set in 2118, in a thousand-story supertower on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A young woman’s fall from the 1,000th floor ignites a scandal that ensnares the top-floor elite and the bottom-floor drones. In this hyper-stratified world, the higher you climb, the farther you fall.

The first Thousandth Floor novel, meanwhile, is slated for publication in 2017.

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  1. MrScreenAddict says:

    Sounds like someone took the concept for Snowpiercer, but it in a skyscraper instead of a train, and repackaged it for tweens. Eh.

  2. Big Mike says:

    Sounds lame.

  3. Spence says:

    The book won’t even come out until 2017?? That’s a bit excessive…

  4. Rachel says:

    Um what? A show based off a book before the book comes out…..?!?!

    • Dude says:

      It happens a lot now. Authors are publishing books with the express intent of turning them into TV shows so the deals are inked before publication. The CW did it with The Selection but never ended up making it.

      • Audrey says:

        Actually I would love to see The Selection on screen, be it the small or large screen.
        But truth is most YA is just recycled, remixed or reused.. Its all about a maverick, fierce girl confused between a couple or more boys in a severely stratified society.. I liked The Selection only because it wasn’t convoluted and simply focused on the emotions without taking itself too seriously..

  5. Jenn says:

    It’s actually semi common to develop tv shows before publication, especially in the case of books like The Thousandth Floor, which are created by book-packaging companies, which means they’re conceived from the get-go as multi-platform entertainment. This book, for example, was made by the same company that made The 100 books, which had a similar journey to TV and publication land.

  6. This sounds like The World Inside–a novel written by Robert Silverberg in the 80s (I believe). In that setting everyone lives in thousand-storey buildings pretty much stratified by floor level. There was another aspect to the society: men were allowed to roam their home cluster of floors at night and sleep with any woman they wanted–refusal of sex was never an issue. I doubt that aspect will translate into this production.

    • I just posted about this book, which I read in the 70’s. It was published in 1971.

      • The novel is set on Earth in the year 2381, when the population of the planet has reached 75 billion people. Population growth has skyrocketed due to a quasi-religious belief in human reproduction as the highest possible good. Most of the action occurs in a massive three-kilometer-high city tower called Urban Monad 116. It is similar to the design of the Sky City 1000 project proposed in 1989 by Takenaka Corporation. —

        There were two different groups of people – those that lived in the towers and those that lived on the land that grew the food for them.

  7. tsevca says:

    The description was joke, right?

  8. Loved this book, honestly. Was very excited to order it, and I wasn’t disappointed.