Just over a year ago it was announced that the ‘Neapolitan novels’ written by Elena Ferrante will become a TV series. A few days ago it was confirmed that the TV series will be ready for the fall of 2018 and that it will be directed by Saverio Costanzo.
Costanzo is not new to film adaptations of novels, having directed ‘The Solitude of Prime Numbers’ from Paolo Giordano’s bestseller by the same name and ‘The Hungry Hearts’ from Marco Franzoso’s novel ‘The indigo child’.
This project, which will retain the international title ‘Neapolitan Novels’, will develop in four seasons of eight episodes each and it will tell the stories contained in the tetralogy published by Edizioni E/O: My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014), and The Story of the Lost Child (2015). The series will be filmed in Italy and in Italian, but apparently important negotiations are taking place with an American broadcaster, as well as with Rai, the Italian national broadcaster.
Laura Paolucci and Francesco Piccolo will write the script, while Ferrante, in order to maintain her anonymity, will make her contribution solely by email. “It is her literary reality that counts,” said Costanzo “I am among those who do not care to know her true identity.”
Ilona Catani Scarlett