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EXCLUSIVE: Works by Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist) are headed to the small screen. American Gods producer FremantleMedia North America, Random House Studio and Dancing Ledge Productions have signed an exclusive deal with the famous Brazilian author to develop the first-ever TV drama series based on his books.
Exploring themes and characters from Coelho’s novels The Devil and Miss Prym, Brida and The Witch of Portobello, all published by Harper Collins, the crime thriller will explore the human condition, celebrating Coelho’s multi-layered and inspirational storytelling.
TV - Series - Priest - Journey - Self-discovery
The yet-untitled TV series follows a young priest who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption – ostracized by his church, a fugitive from the law, and hunted by a powerful crime family. Meanwhile, the CIA agent chasing him discovers mysterious powers, and a more profound connection to the priest than she ever thought possible.
Coelho, who is known for his deep connection with his audience, will introduce each episode and share thoughts on its themes. He also will be involved with the creative development of the project. Search is currently underway for a showrunner to pen the adaptation.
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FMNA’s Dante Di Loreto and Random House Studio’s Peter Gethers executive produce with Laurence Bowen of Dancing Ledge Productions, in which FremantleMedia has an ownership stake.
“There has never been a more prolific, thought-provoking and socially engaged author as Paulo Coelho,” said Di Loreto, president of Scripted Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. “His stories make us look at the world differently, tapping into our true selves to further discover our place within the journey for hope, inspiration and social change.”
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The Devil and Miss Prym, published in 2000, is set in a small village and centers on a young, poor barmaid whose wager with the devil leads to a spiritual transformation.
Brida, published in 1990, centers on the title character Brida, a young Irish...
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