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Why Is Nobody Talking About George Saunders' New Amazon TV Show?

What, are they keeping it a secret?

George Saunders’ star keeps on rising this year, between winning the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo and a new Amazon Prime pilot based on his short story “Sea Oak” dropping on Friday. Sea Oak stars Glenn Close and was written and co-executive produced by Saunders.

 

George Saunders

George Saunders pointing at a hat he's wearing. | Image Via Literary Hub

 

Originally published in Pastoralia, “Sea Oak” follows the story of a woman, played by Glenn Close of 101 Dalmatians and Fatal Attraction fame, who’s killed in a home invasion and is so ticked off that she just decides she isn’t going to die. She’s just going to hang around for a bit and bug her family. Really, though, she’s full of rage about what happened to her and that the life she meant to live was stolen. It’s kind of like The Walking Dead meets, maybe, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?

 

The pilot is directed by Hiro Murai, who helmed six episodes of Donald Glover’s celebrated Atlanta. Murai is a smart choice for Saunders’ material, which often mixes surrealist elements with dark, dark humor.

 

Whether or not Amazon will extend the pilot order to series remains to be seen, but Glenn Close’s performance has been praised and Saunders’ name has been garnering some serious clout recently. It’s not the first time Saunders’ work has been optioned for adaptations. Earlier this year, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman scored film rights to Lincoln in the Bardo. Saunders has been friends with Mullally and Offerman for a while, both of the comedians providing their voices to the audiobook of Lincoln in the Bardo on Audible.

 

'Lincoln in the Bardo'

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You can check out the pilot for Sea Oak now on Amazon Prime. Keep your fingers crossed it gets picked up to become a series. Maybe we’ll be seeing some more contemporary literary fiction coming to screens soon!

 

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