FremantleMedia to adapt bestseller into new drama

FremantleMedia will adapt Man Booker Prize winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North into a high-end drama.

The novel by Australian author, Richard Flanagan, was inspired by Flanagan hearing his father tell stories about being a POW during World War II. His father was taken prisoner by the Japanese and forced to work on the Thailand-Burma railway, famously known as the “Hellfire Pass.”

The Narrow Road the Deep North follows one man as he comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

The book sold in excess of a million copies in 42 countries, with the Financial Times describing it as ‘nothing short of a masterpiece’ and The Observer calling it ‘a novel of extraordinary power.’

“I am delighted that The Narrow Road to the Deep North is to become a major international TV series in this age of great television drama, promising the quality, the depth, and the occasional brilliance of which the form is now capable,” Flanagan said.

Jo Porter, Director of Drama, FremantleMedia Australia said: “The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a compelling universal story that has stayed with me since I first read it. Rich with insights on the human condition, it is ripe for screen adaptation with huge visual potential and scale. At its core is an achingly powerful examination of the many forms of love, forged through the crucible of war. FremantleMedia Australia is proud to be adapting Richard Flanagan’s brilliant novel for the screen, and we are confident, like this beloved novel, it will resonate with audiences all around the world.”


A screenwriter and network are yet to be announced.


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