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Making a television show which adapts established and beloved source material can be difficult. For example, you just have to look at the task Zack Snyder had to adapt Watchmen, a graphic novel that is worshipped by comic back fans, into a movie that ultimately received a mixed reception.
Director Saverio Costanzo has a similar task but in an entirely different genre. Indeed, he had to adapt the international bestselling coming-of-age book My Brilliant Friend, the first novel in a 4-part series by Italian author Elena Ferrante, into a TV show. The show has recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and it will air worldwide in November.
My Brilliant Friend
In an interview with Variety, Saverio Costanzo had the chance to speak about various aspects of My Brilliant Friend such as the amount of input that author Elena Ferrante had in the writing process for this show:
“I found out that, besides being a great writer, she has a distinctive sense of cinematic narrative. So she wasn’t at all defensive about her work, though of course I had no intention of changing its key aspects. The way we worked is we showed her our drafts and she sent us notes.”
“But when we proposed a type of narrative structure which is very different from the book…much more classic…she didn’t bat an eye. I think she had already come to terms with the change. That aside, her input is everywhere. She was our compass.”
“The book is a lot more complex than one might think as a canvas in terms of the web of relationships and narrative strands, so her guidance was crucial.”
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