Netflix & Fandango to Adapt Elena Ferrante’s Latest Novel


Netflix and Fandango are working together to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults, the latest novel from Elena Ferrante.

The Lying Life of Adults follows Giovanna’s transition from childhood to adolescence in the ’90s. She is 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.

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

Ferrante’s books have been translated into 45 languages. Her 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).

Felipe Tewes, director of local language original series at Netflix, said: “We are incredibly honored 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 endeavor 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, added: “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.”