Netflix is adapting Elena Ferrante's latest novel: The Lying Life of Adults

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Netflix is adapting The Lying Life of Adults, the latest novel by beloved Italian author Elena Ferrante, known for her best-selling Neapolitan Novels including My Brilliant Friend.

The eight-part drama will be part of the streamer's slate of upcoming original Italian series, and filming will begin in Naples in October.

Netflix describes The Lying Life of Adults as "a powerful and singular portrayal of Giovanna's transition from childhood to adolescence in the 1990s". Netflix synopsis reads: "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."

Valeria Golino, who began her Hollywood career starring opposite Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Main, will have a starring role. Golino will also appear in season two of Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon's The Morning Show, which is returning soon to Apple+ TV.

Felipe Tewes, Director of Local Language Original Series at Netflix said: "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."

Netflix's top Italian series executive Eleonora Andreatta said she aims to dismantle stereotypes about Italy, claiming the country "is still known around the world as the country of sun and good food, and hunky men in tank tops".

Photo credit: YANNIS DRAKOULIDIS/NETFLIX
Photo credit: YANNIS DRAKOULIDIS/NETFLIX

"We have a responsibility to understand and depict what's different, to really recount who we [Italians] are and what our country is in its complexity and richness; its beauty but also the dark aspects."

Maggie Gyllenhaal has adapted Ferrante's The Lost Daughter into a film for Netflix, starring Olivia Colman, Paul Mescal and Dakota Johnson. The movie has already earned itself a rare 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Lost Daughter will be released on Netflix on Friday, December 31.

HBO's critically acclaimed adaptation My Brilliant Friend is available to stream now on Amazon Prime.

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