The project will be a co-production between Fandango Productions, a U.S. company, and FremantleMedia’s Wildside, a leading Italian production company. The series will shoot in Italy, where the books are set. Each book will get its own series of episodes, with eight episodes being dedicated to each volume.
Ferrante’s novels tell a coming-of-age story that focuses on a close friendship between two women, set against the backdrop of 1950s Naples. There are four novels in the series: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. The four books are collectively referred to as the Neapolitan novels, and they have have become huge hits – especially in the United States, where translations by Ann Goldstein have gained acclaim from critics and have become favorites of fans.
Despite Ferrante’s enormous success, the author has remained anonymous. “Elena Ferrante” is just a pen name. Though she will remain anonymous, the author herself is reportedly involved in the project.