Monday 24 June 2019

Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures adapt Sally Rooney's Normal People for BBC

TALENT: Rising star Sally Rooney. Photo: David Conachy
TALENT: Rising star Sally Rooney. Photo: David Conachy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Oscar-nominated Irish director Lenny Abrahamson will helm an adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People for BBC Three.

Rooney will adapt the novel herself and Irish company Element Pictures (the team behind The Lobster, Room, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer) will produce.

Normal People was recently long listed for the 2018 Booker Prize and its publication came just 18 months after Rooney's critically acclaimed debut Conversations with Friends.

The story is set in a small west of Ireland town and charts the on-off romance between Marianne and Connell who both come from very different backgrounds.

Director Lenny Abrahamson Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic
Director Lenny Abrahamson Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

“I feel very privileged to be working with such an extraordinary team on the adaptation of Normal People. I’m looking forward to the challenge of working in a new form, and of thinking about these characters and their lives in new ways," says Sally.

Lenny Abrahamson said, “Sally is a writer of the highest calibre and in Normal People she captures the ebb and flow of intimacy and desire with extraordinary skill. I’m proud to be part of bringing her work to the screen audience it deserves.”

Abrahamson, whose last film Room earned four Oscar nominations (bagging Best Actress for Brie Larson) is also gearing up for the release of his new supernatural drama, The Little Stranger, on September 21.

Normal People will be published by Faber & Faber in September.

Read more: Sally Rooney's debut 'Conversations with Friends' is a love saga for the modern age

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