Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels to Get TV Treatment


ROME: Wildside and Fandango Productions are working together to co-develop and co-produce the TV adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet of novels.

The collection portrays the lives and friendship of Elena and Lila from childhood to motherhood, set against the social and political backdrop of 1950s Naples. The story will unfold over four eight-part series and be shot in Italy. Ferrante has signed on to be involved throughout the project.

Lorenzo Mieli, the managing director of Wildside, said: “We’re very privileged to be working closely with the superbly talented Ferrante and Fandango productions to bring this rich, gripping and highly addictive collection of novels to life. Ferrante’s works portray a fascinating and intense insight into past times, and the stories and characters have become a literary obsession for many fans all over the world.”

Domenico Procacci, CEO of Fandango, added: “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. 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.”