Another book from the Jean Hanff Korelitz library is being adapted. Made Up Stories by Bruna Papandrea and Kristen Campo have acquired the rights to the New York Times best-selling author’s next novel, The Latecomer.
The novel, which will be released in May by Céladon, will be adapted into a television series. Hanff Korelitz will executive produce the series alongside Steve Hutensky of Papandrea and Made Up Stories, and Casey Haver and Campo in partnership with Endeavor Content. Endeavor Content negotiated the book deal.
The Latecomer focuses on the Oppenheimer family – Harrison, Lewyn and Sally – who, despite being born triplets, feel no strong family connection and are determined to separate and escape. However, when their parents welcome a fourth Oppenheimer brother, Phoebe, the world of the fractured family is turned upside down as their familial “latecomer” impacts their lives.
The Latecomer marks Hanff Korelitz’s latest novel to be adapted for television, joining You should have known, inspiration for HBO The defeatand the 2021 version The parcel, which will be a limited series starring Mahershala Ali and will be produced by Campo, who also packaged the series. Hanff Korelitz’s novel Admission was also made into a film by Focus Features in 2013.
“I am so lucky to be working again with two brilliant and innovative women: Bruna Papandrea and her team at Made Up Stories, who have been so important to The defeatand Kristen Campo, who is part of the fantastic team that adapted my novel The parcel for television,” Hanff Korelitz said in a statement. “A novel is the product of a single creator, so it’s never easy to entrust it to others, but I know that The Latecomer is in good hands and I can’t wait to see it come to life.
Made Up Stories and Campo added, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be collaborating with Jean again. His stories are immediately captivating and his writing is so layered and filled with distinctive characters that as a reader you are simply engrossed in his worlds. We’ve all been craving a complicated family drama for a while and from the moment we were introduced to Oppenheimer’s quirky triplets, we were all hooked. Reading The Latecomer was an immersive experience and we are thrilled to all be partnered to bring this family to life.”
Campo has first deal with Endeavor Content with several projects in development, including Showtime production The L-word: Generation Q, Partner path for Netflix and The parcel at Onyx/Hulu. Past credits include those of Apple The truth must be told and the AMC/Netflix series The slaughter.
Made Up Stories, Campo and Hanff Korelitz are represented by WME.
The Latecomer will be released on May 31.