With the BBC premiere of Sally Rooney’s second novel Normal People set for April of this year, the network announced today that the author’s debut novel Conversations with Friends will also be adapted into a twelve part series. The series will again be produced by Element Pictures with Oscar nominated director for Room, Lenny Abrahamson, attached as lead director. Alice Birch, who was also involved in Normal People, is on board as a writer for Conversations with Friends.
Conversations with Friends follows two Dublin college students, Frances and Bobbi, and their strange and complicated relationship with married couple, Nick and Melissa. The story looks at the unique dynamic among the four friends and how they navigate complicated relationships with one another. In a statement by Piers Wegner, BBC drama controller, he said that the broadcaster “will commission work from Sally Rooney for as long as she is writing.” He also praised the author for her ability to depict young people in a “direct and authentic” way.
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Sally Rooney will again executive produce the series alongside Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Emma Norton, and Lenny Abrahamson. Rooney decided to bring the project to BBC after being pleased with the adaptation of Normal People from book to screen, saying “I’m confident we’re going to find fresh and interesting ways of dramatizing the novel’s dynamics.” While Hulu is attached to Normal People, there is no word yet if the streaming platform will sign up for Conversations with Friends.
There is no news yet on when Conversations with Friends will begin production or who will star in the series, but in the meantime Normal People is set to air in April on BBC and Hulu in April of this year.
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