Posted on January 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Literary Hub shared news of two noteworthy screen adaptations in the works — one a milestone for Asian-Americans, another recasting a classic through different eyes.
In the case of the former, author Min Jin Lee is writing the script for the Netflix adaptation of her 2007 novel Free Food for Millionaires.
She’s excited for more than one reason about this news: as she tweeted, the TV series will be the first Asian-American one-hour drama in Hollywood history.
(We happen to think a later Lee novel, the National Book Award finalist Pachinko, would be an incredible addition to that category, for what it’s worth.)
And about that classic? The Great Gatsby will become a TV series (on a channel TBD) but take place in New York’s Black community in the 1920s.
Rest assured that considerable creative firepower is going into this adaptation.
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great-granddaughter Blake Hazard, who is also a trustee of her ancestor’s estate, will serve as a consulting producer; the executive producer, Michael Hirst, has previously written such period dramas as Vikings and The Tudors.
Variety provided the original reporting on Free Food for Millionaires; The Hollywood Reporter broke news of the reimagining of The Great Gatsby.
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