Three years after winning the Man Booker Prize, Richard Flanagan’s epic The Narrow Road to the Deep North will be adapted for television.
Best-selling Australian author signed a deal with FremantleMedia Australia to have his novel turned into a premium drama series about the horrific ordeals of prisoners on the Death Railway between Thailand and Burma in WWII. global.
Flanagan, 57, was inspired to write the novel by his father’s experience as a prisoner of war, forced by the Japanese to work on the railroad.
He was “delighted” that the book was transformed into a series “in the age of great television dramas, promising the quality, depth and the occasional sparkle of which form is now capable”.
FremantleMedia Drama Director Jo Porter said Deep North is a compelling universal story made for television.
“Rich in information about the human condition, it is ripe for screen adaptation with enormous visual potential and scale,” Porter said.
“At its heart is a painfully powerful examination of the many forms of love, forged through the crucible of war. “
FremantleMedia’s production of Picnic at Hanging Rock for Foxtel and Amazon Prime will premiere on TV May 6 on Foxtel.
No broadcaster is yet committed to the project, a FremantleMedia spokesperson said.
First published in 2013, Deep North has sold over one million copies in 42 countries and is a bestseller in the UK, Australia and the US.
Winning the Booker changed Flanagan’s life as he ran out of money and went to work in the mines for a living.
“A year and a half ago, when I finished this book, I was considering getting the job I could in the mines in the far north of Australia because things got so tough with it. my writing, ”Flanagan said when he won. “I had spent so much time on this book.”