FremantleMedia Australia to adapt Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan’s novel The narrow road to the deep north in a high-end drama series, the company announced on Tuesday. No diffuser is attached yet.
Against the backdrop of the horrific Burmese railway in 1943 and across the Pacific in WWII, The narrow road to the deep north speaks of the cruelty of war, the fragility of life, and ultimately the impossibility of love, all seen through the eyes of Australian doctor and prisoner of war, Dorrigo Evans.
First published in 2013, Flanagan’s highly regarded novel won the 2014 Man Booker Award, sold over a million copies in 42 countries and is a bestseller in the UK, Australia and the United States.
“I am delighted that The narrow road to the deep north is to become a major international television series in this era of great television drama, promising the occasional quality, depth and sparkle of which form is now capable, âsaid Flanagan.
The new project follows the premiere of FMA’s latest drama series for Foxtel and Amazon Prime, Picnic at Hanging Rock, at the Berlin Film Festival and is expected to launch in May.
Continuing the push towards high-end drama, the FremantleMedia companies have secured the rights to Robert Harris’ latest novel Munich; are working with multi-award-winning director Michael Haneke to produce his very first TV series, the book of Kelvin; recently secured orders from BBC One for Euston Film Dublin; and produced Neil Cross’s latest drama, Harsh sun, which launched on BBC One in the UK and Hulu in the US