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Netflix announced today that The Lying Life of Adults, Elena Ferrante’s latest novel, will be developed into an Italian Netflix Original series together with Fandango.


Netflix and Fandango are joining forces to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults, the latest novel by beloved Italian novelist Elena Ferrante.

The Lying Life of Adults is a powerful and singular portrayal of Giovanna’s transition from childhood to adolescence in the 1990s — a girl in search of her true reflection in a divided Naples: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other.

The book, released by Edizioni E/O in Italy on November 7, 2019, will be launched globally in 25 countries on September 1, 2020, including the English language editions that will be published by Europa Editions in the US and UK.

The Lying Life of Adults

Elena Ferrante was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the Year” in 2016, and her books have been translated into 45 languages. Ferrante’s four “Neapolitan Quartet” novels are among her best-known works, with 15 million copies sold so far. Several of her books have been adapted into successful films (Troubling Love and The Days of Abandonment) and television series (My Brilliant Friend, with Fandango being amongst the producers).

Said Felipe Tewes, Director of Local Language Original Series at Netflix:

“We are incredibly honoured to be entrusted to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults. Elena Ferrante books have inspired and captivated audiences in Italy and around the world, and we are thrilled to bring her latest endeavour to the screens of our global audience. We are also excited to continue our partnership with Fandango, and invest in more unique Made In Italy stories that we believe will resonate in Italy and around the world.”

Added Domenico Procacci, Fandango’s founder:

“We are very happy to continue telling the world of Elena Ferrante. The Lying Life of Adults, published by our friends at E/O, tells another, close but different, part of that world. It will be a great adventure and we are happy to partner with Netflix, with which we now have a strong and consolidated relationship.”

Stay tuned for updates.



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The Lying Life of Adults: Elena Ferrante’s Latest Novel to Be Developed Into Netflix Series