Erica Lipez to Write and EP “We Were the Lucky Ones” Limited Series for Hulu, Joey King to Star

An adaptation of Georgia Hunter’s bestselling book “We Were the Lucky Ones,” about a separated Jewish family at the start of World War II, has been ordered to series at Hulu.

According to Deadline, Erica Lipez (“Julia,” “The Morning Show”) is on board as writer, showrunner, and executive producer, with Hunter also taking on EP duties. Kate Sullivan will produce, while Joey King (“The Act”) is attached to star.

Speaking about what inspired her to write the book, Hunter explained, “I will never forget the day when, at fifteen, I learned that I came from a family of Holocaust survivors. It was a life-changing discovery, inspiring a decade-long journey to uncover and record my family’s history.

Thomas Kail (“Hamilton”, “Fosse/Verdon”) will be staged. “When ‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ landed in the hands of my dear friend Tommy Kail, I knew he had found his place,” Hunter said. “I couldn’t be more excited to partner with him, our incredible showrunner, Erica Lipez, and the amazing teams at Old 320, 20th [Television], and Hulu as we bring the story of my ancestors — and through it, the story of the Holocaust — to the screen. Kail and Jennifer Todd (“Memento,” “Across the Universe”) will also serve as executive producers under their Old 320 Sycamore Pictures banner.

“Georgia’s love for her family bursts from the page and her lively writing puts you right next to them in every moment: we will strive to honor those efforts on screen,” Kail said.

Eight episodes are planned for the limited series.

Lipez produced and wrote for TV “Bates Motel,” “The Morning Show” and “Julia,” and also has writing credits on “Suits” and “Lone Star.”

King earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for his performance in “The Act.” Her other credits include starring roles in Becca Gleason’s “Summer 03” and Netflix hit “The Kissing Booth” and its sequels, and she’s set to direct and executive produce the upcoming YA novel adaptation “Uglies.” She has her own first-look deal with Netflix, notable for making her one of the youngest creatives to land a deal with a streamer.

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