The acclaimed Neapolitan series from author Elena Ferrante is making its way to TV in a new series from Wildside and Fandango Productions.
Ferrante’s quartet of novels follows the lives of two women, Elena and Lila, and the various ups and downs of their personal lives and society around them. No casting has been announced for either role. Set against 1950s Naples, Italy, the books follow Elena and Lila all the way from childhood to motherhood.
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The adaptation will somewhat follow the structure of the book series, with four seasons comprised of eight episodes each adapting the entirety of their story, which began with My Brilliant Friend (2011). The series concludes with 2015’s The Story of the Lost Child, named one of the best 10 books of the year by The New York Times.
“I’m confident that together with Wildside we can realize something great, very respectful of Ferrante’s work and our Italian culture and, at the same time, with real international appeal,” Domenicao Procacci, the CEO of Italian production company Fandango, said in a stattement.
Ferrante, which is a pen name for the unknown author, will be involved with the project’s development.