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The Lying Life of Adults, Elena Ferrante’s latest novel, will be developed into a Netflix original series together with Fandango


Netflix and Fandango are joining forces to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults, the latest novel by the beloved Italian novelist Elena Ferrante. The Lying Life of Adults is a powerful and singular portrayal of Giovanna’s transition from childhood to adolescence in the 90s. A girl in search of her true reflection in a divided Naples: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other.

The book, released by Edizioni E/O in Italy on November 7, 2019, will be launched globally in 25 countries on September 1st 2020 and it will be published in English by Europa Editions US and UK.

Elena Ferrante was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year in 2016 and her books have been translated into 45 languages. Ferrante’s four novels Neapolitan Quartet are among her best-known works with 15 million copies sold so far and several of her books have been adapted into successful films (Troubling Love and The Days of Abandonment) and series (My Brilliant Friend, with Fandango being among producers).

Felipe Tewes, Director of Local Language Original Series at Netflix: “We are incredibly honoured to be entrusted to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults. Elena Ferrante books have inspired and captivated audiences in Italy and around the world, and we are thrilled to bring her latest endeavour to the screens of our global audience. We are also excited to continue our partnership with Fandango, and invest in more unique Made In Italy stories that we believe will resonate in Italy and around the world”.

Domenico Procacci, Fandango’s founder: “We are very happy to continue telling the world of Elena Ferrante. The Lying Life of Adults, published by our friends at E/O, tells another, close but different, part of that world. It will be a great adventure and we are happy to partner with Netflix, with which we now have a strong and consolidated relationship”.

About Netflix:

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 183 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Fandango:

Domenico Procacci’s Fandango began in 1989. Since then, it has created more than 100 films. Nanni Moretti, Matteo Garrone, Paolo Sorrentino, Michelangelo Antonioni, Emir Kusturica, Rolf De Heer, Milcho Mancevski, Emanuele Crialese, Richard Lowenstein, Gabriele Muccino, Francesca Comencini, Daniele Vicari, Luciano Ligabue, Ferzan Ozpetek, Susanna Nicchiarelli, François Girard, are some of the directors with whom Fandango has worked throughout the years. Fandango Also produced the series Gomorrah, with Cattleya and Sky, now in its fourth season, and My brilliant friend, theHBO-RAI series co-produced with Wildside based on the books by Elena Ferrante, at its third season; and Luna Nera, with Netflix.

Currently in production the movie Tre Piani by Nanni Moretti with Rai Cinema and Sacher Film and TV series L’Alligatore, directed by Daniele Vicari and Emanuele Scaringi based on the crime book series by Massimo Carlotto, with Rai Fiction.

Fandango is also a publishing house (Fandango Libri), a music label (Radiofandango), a film distribution and an international sales company.

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