by SUEVON LEE | @suevlee
Super Sad True Love Story, the best-selling novel from 2010 that chronicles the courtship between the middle-aged son of a Russian immigrant and the young Korean American woman he falls for is on track to be adapted into a television series with Ben Stiller executive producing and directing multiple episodes, Deadline reports.
The novel by Russian-born American Gary Shteyngart, his third, is set in New York City in a near-future dystopian America on the verge of economic collapse, where media and retail are the dominant industries and people are constantly fed streams of information about each other and everything else via smartphone-like devices.
Media Rights Capital, the independent studio behind Netflix’s hugely successful House of Cards, is now in “late development” in bringing the book to the small screen, according to media reports. As the dramedy, co-created and co-written by Shteyngart and Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me), is not yet attached to a broadcast home, it’s likely to head straight to a series divided up into 60-minute episodes.
Casting for the show is currently in progress. While there have been a number of suggested names tossed around for the part of the protagonist Lenny Abramov, we here at KoreAm also eagerly await updates as to who may be cast as the female co-lead, the character of Eunice Park, described on the novel’s website as “an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness.” Stay tuned.
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