Posted on 01/28/2021 at 02:00 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.
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.
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