Elena Ferrante is getting the HBO treatment. The elusive author's wildly popular Neapolitan novels are headed to television, with HBO announcing that the miniseries based on the first book, My Brilliant Friend, is set to start filming this summer, Entertainment Weekly reports. The series will be directed by the Italian filmmaker Saverio Costanzo; casting announcements have not yet been made, but Costanzo's script is being co-written with Ferrante.
"Through [Ferrante's] characters, Elena and Lila, we will witness a lifelong friendship set against the seductive social web of Naples, Italy," said HBO's programming president, Casey Bloys, in a statement. "An exploration of the complicated intensity of female friendship, these ambitious stories will no doubt resonate with the HBO audience."
Read more about the mysterious Elena Ferrante and her powerful decision to author her novels with a pseudonym at The Week.