FX is to adapt the feminist collection of short stories, Her Body and Other Parties into a television series, which the creators claim will be a ‘feminist Black Mirror’. The short story collection from Carmen Maria Machado has won several awards despite being the author’s debut collection and now we’re about to see it on the small screen, as announced by the author on her Twitter page.
I can *finally* say something! HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES is officially in development over at @FXNetworks. FX has made some of my favorite shows in the past few years (Atlanta, The Americans) & I’m ridiculously excited to see what comes next. 💥 https://t.co/12smhw8xdP
— Carnage “The Hatchet” Machado (@carmenmmachado) October 15, 2018
Her Body and Other Parties was first published in 2017 and was lauded for its brilliant and often gruesome stories like The Husband Stitch and a warped reimagining of Law and Order: SVU.
The series is to be written and executively produced by Gina Welch, who has previously worked on FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, AMC’s The Terror and Hulu’s Castle Rock, among other shows.
There’s no release date yet and filming has yet to begin, so if you think this sounds right up your street you probably still have plenty of time to read the collection before the adaptation airs.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.
Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety:
“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”
Streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have become increasingly interested in showcasing already-existing stories, which King attributes in part to the success of IT.