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Emma Roberts, who has turned from TV to movies in recent years, is about to go back to the medium that launched her career. The former star of Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous has signed on to star in a Fox drama pilot titled Delirium.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Delirium is based on Lauren Oliver’s best-selling young adult novel.
The series is set in Maine in an alternate history where a totalitarian government has practically destroyed the world and calls love a disease named delirium. There is a cure for love, which is mandatory for all citizens. Just before she is required to take it, 17-year-old Lena falls in love with a person who hasn’t taken the cure. Roberts will star as Lena.
The Wrap reports that Karyn Usher (Bones, Prison Break) wrote the pilot. Chernin Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox TV are producing. Executive producers include Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan.
Roberts, the daughter of actor Eric Roberts, got her big break on Unfabulous. After the show ended in 2007, she went on to movies, starring in Scream 4 and Nancy Drew. More recently, she has appeared in Celeste & Jesse Forever and will appear in Empire State, Jennifer Aniston’s We’re The Millers and John Cusack's Adult World.
Oliver wrote two sequels to Delirium, titled Pandemonium and Requiem. The last book will be published in Spring 2013.