In the best book-related news since we found out Anne of Green Gables is getting turned into a TV show, Elena Ferrante’s lush Neapolitan novels are the latest to be heading to the small screen. This is great news for anyone with a strong case of #FerranteFever, aka all of us.
We are cautiously optimistic that they’re going to do a good job with this one. According to reports, each of Ferrante’s four books — My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child — will be adapted by Wildside and Fandango Productions into its own eight-episode season, for a total of 32 episodes. The show will be shot in Italy, so get ready to go deep into those mid-century Naples vibes.
While Elena Ferrante’s actual identity is still a big mystery, she (?) is fully involved in the adaptation process. “We’re very privileged to be working closely with the superbly talented Ferrante and Fandango Productions to bring this rich, gripping and highly addictive collection of novels to life,” said Lorenzo Mieli, managing director of Wildside.
It’s going to be a tough gig doing justice to this fantastic series of books, but since we’re officially living in the golden age of television, we have pretty high hopes. Stay tuned!