It’s been announced that Netflix is to adapt Anthony Doerr’s WWII themed novel into a limited series on the streaming channel. The novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize was a favourite with award judges and readers alike and we’re sure this news will be music to the ears of many.
The heartbreaking All the Light We Cannot See is set in World War II and tells the parallel stories of a French girl, who is blind, and a German boy. Marie-Laure and her father escape Paris to a seaside town when the Nazis arrive, carrying with them a precious jewel. Meanwhile German ophan, Werner is a self taught radio expert who is enlisted by the Nazis to use this ability against the French Resistance. As they both try and survive the devastation of the war, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.
When published in 2014, All The Light We Cannot See, smashed all sales records to become an instant bestseller. It won the Pulitzer Prize and several other literary awards. The novel spent a staggering 130 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers List and became one of the biggest selling books of the decade. With that in mind we’re not all that surprised that there’s going to be an adaptation.
It’s reported that Netflix and 21 Laps, the production company behind Stranger Things and Arrival will develop the series, which has not yet gone into production. No casting has yet been announced but we’ll be watching with interest to see what comes next!
Rumour was that Jim Kay was struggling to finish in time, given the length of the later books. If true it’s not great news as it means that it’s likely to be an ongoing problem as the books get longer.
Based on the classic novel, it’s a story of a derange time, relationships, racism, and even the end of the world. Bea Hemming from Vintage publishing described the novel as “Quichotte sees Salman Rushdie at the height of his powers. Intricately plotted, wildly original, tender, comic and deeply moving, Quichotte is both an ingenious homage to Cervantes and a book that speaks urgently to our unstable times.”
The new book is released “With the aim of making this edition a standalone work of art, she has brought Atwood’s terrifying modern classic to vivid life as never before,” said the publisher Jonathan Cape for the UK release, while Doubleday will publish the US version of the graphic novel.
Good Omens will air on Amazon Prime Video on 31st May 2019, announced just last week along with the opening credits and some news from the adaptation, and now fans will be able to get their hands on two companion books in time for release.