“Netflix and Fandango are joining forces to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults, the latest novel by the beloved Italian novelist Elena Ferrante,” the streaming giant said in a statement.
But there’s some uncertainty what language the series will be in, as the book itself won’t be translated into English – and 24 other languages – until September.
Netflix’s statement seemed to imply that the series will be shot in Italy, in Italian – the book’s original language.
The Lying Life of Adults is set in the southern Italian city of Naples and follows the journey of Giovanna from childhood to adolescence in the 1990s.
The series will be produced in partnership with Italian production company Fandango, whose founder Domenico Procacci worked on the television adaptation of Ferrante’s series My Brilliant Friend.
The four-part saga was also turned into a series by HBO in collaboration with Italian national broadcaster Rai.
At the end of April, HBO ordered a third season of My Brilliant Friend.
The novel on which it is based has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.
Despite the massive success of the My Brilliant Friend novels, published between 2011 and 2014 in Italy, Ferrante has never made her identity public and continues to use a pen name.
The most likely candidate, put forward by Italian journalist Claudio Gatti, is Roman translator Anita Raja.
The theory has neither been confirmed nor denied by Ferrante’s Italian publisher, Edizioni E/O.