Brace Yourselves, Elena Ferrante Fans: The Neapolitan Novels Are Coming to TV

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A television adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is currently in production, and I can already picture myself screaming, “BOOOOOOOOOO!” and throwing a bottle of Peroni at the screen when that piece of shit Nino appears for the first time. This must be what it feels like to be a George R.R. Martin fan.


THR reports the elusive Ferrante “will be involved throughout the project,” which will consist of four eight-episode seasons—presumably one for each novel.

Writes THR:

“It has been two years now since Fandango began working on My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and we’ve seen the potential of this project grow day by day,” said Domenico Procacci, CEO of Fandango. “I’m confident that together with Wildside we can realize something great, very respectful of Ferrante’s work and our Italian culture and, at the same time, with real international appeal.”

No additional details have been released, but I am expecting to hyperventilate the moment cast photos are revealed. Will the same actresses play Lenu and Lila throughout the series, or will they cast older actresses for the later scenes? Will they shoot on location in Naples??? Will Ennio Morricone compose a theme?! Oh god, what about the doll. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE DOLL.

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Why do they all have their backs to the camera in the cover photos?