Amy Pohler adapting The Great Believers

Amy Poehler Developing AIDS Novel ‘The Great Believers’ for TV

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Poehler has landed the rights to the highly sought after The Great Believers. The best-selling novel by Rebecca Makkai will be adapted into a television series by Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions company.


The Great Believers follows Yale and Fiona, two people struggling with the AIDS epidemic in mid-1980s Chicago and 2015 Paris. Yale loses his friends to the virus one by one just as his life and career begin to flourish. Fiona tracks down her estranged daughter while grappling with the ways AIDS has devastated her life and their relationship. The two stories take us through the heartbreak of senseless loss and the struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.


The Great Believers

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Makkai’s novel was recently released in June 2018 but has already been very well received. It was on several best books of the year lists, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and a National Book Award finalist.


The Great Believers is the newest addition to Paper Kite’s library following NBC’s I Feel Bad, Netflix comedy Russian Doll, Fox animated series Duncanville, and Comedy Central’s Broad City, along with other projects still in development.


A writer for the series and network to distribute have not yet been determined.





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