Stephanie Danler’s bestselling novel Sweetbitter will be adapted into a six half-hour episode series by Starz the network announced on Wednesday.
Sweetbitter follows the journey of 22 year-old Tess, a small-town girl who falls into a world of drugs, alcohol, friendships, and complete chaos when she moves to New York and gets a job at a renowned Manhattan restaurant.
The novel has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Elle wrote, “Danler… quickly draws you into the sparkling surfaces and the shadowy underbelly of the city… [Tess’s] insatiable hunger for tactile, sensual satisfaction dares you to tag along. The journey is high-minded and dirty, beastly and bountiful.”
Danler will be hands-on in the project, serving as an executive producer. She will also be involved in the writing process, and has reportedly written the first episode already. She will be joined by Stu Zicherman, producer of the emmy-nominated series The Americans.
Though there is no word yet on casting details, production is sure to pick up now that Starz is officially involved.
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