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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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While FX is still moving forward with its television adaptation of the comic book series Y: The Last Man, the original showrunners—Aida Croal and Michael Green—announced on Twitter yesterday they are exiting the show.
This is heartbreaking news, especially considering the setbacks the beloved comic book series has already suffered.
For context, Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series that centers around Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the only males who survived the apparent global androcide. The series was authored by Brian K. Vaughan, also known for his work on Ex Machina, and Pia Guerra, has worked in the comics industry since the 1990s for both DC and Marvel comics. It was published by Vertigo from 2002 through 2008.
The series received not one, not two, but three Eisner Awards. Before the series was even done, the film rights to the series were acquired by Verigo’s sister company New Line Cinema and in July 2007 screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and director D. J. Caruso, who worked together on Disturbia, were attached to the project with David S. Goyer as a producer, as reported by Variety.
However, production stalled. Shia LaBeouf was rumored to be attached and Caruso was reportedly interested in using a real monkey, not CGI, to portray Ampersand.
Caruso was eventually replaced by Dan Trachtenberg, who recently directed 10 Cloverfield Lane, who confirmed in September of 2014 that “The rights reverted back to Brian [Vaughan] quite a few months ago”.
Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long to hear the great news. In October 2015, The Hollywood Reporter gave us the news that Y: The Last Man would be produced by Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games, and Brad Simpson, producer of Crazy Rich Asians, alongside Brian K. Vaughan, who would also write for the show. Come November 2016, Slash Film reported that Michael Green, writer of Blade Runner 2049, had been added to the project as a showrunner.
Brain K. Vaughan told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2007 that:
“When [Green] first pitched his take on it to Nina Jacobson and me a long time ago, he came in saying he wanted to do something about toxic masculinity. It felt very relevant, and unfortunately, I think it’s only become more relevant with each passing day. His take on it was really brave and very different, but exciting as well. I really admire how audacious he’s been with his translation.”
The show was getting made!
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But now Aida Croal and Michael Green are out. FX is still moving forward with the project, marching forth.
Hopefully the next development is a good one and not another setback.
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