The 2018 USA Today bestseller, published in more than 20 countries, tells the story of kind-hearted Lucy Hutton (Hale) and her cold, efficient nemesis Joshua Templeton (Amell). Resolving to achieve professional success without compromising her ethics, Lucy embarks on a ruthless game of one-upmanship against Josh, a rivalry that is impossibly complicated by her growing attraction to him.
Peter Hutchings (Then Came You) will direct Christina Mengert’s adaptation. Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of Bcdf Pictures are producers. Mister Smith Entertainment is co-financing the film and will handle sales.
Mister Smith’s David Garrett stated, “The Hating Game is a gloriously funny and sexy rom-com with a broad audience appeal.