French literature is often adapted for television.
The director of “The Wolf’s Call” is adapting Hervé Le Tellier’s highly popular novel “L’Anomalie” for the small screen, and now another winner of the Goncourt Prize is undergoing the same treatment.
HBO, a well-known cable channel in the United States, has announced that they have entered into an agreement with the production company Legendary Entertainment “to develop and co-produce a series based on Lela Slimani’s book ‘Chanson Douce’.”
The book, which has sold over a million copies worldwide and received the prestigious Goncourt Prize, revolves around the murder of two young children by their nanny and the subsequent discovery of the crime by their mother.
The story is a long flashback that delves into the question of why the beloved but strange nanny committed an irreversible act.
The real-life disappearance of Yoselyn Ortega in New York in 2012 inspired this fictional piece.
It’s unusual that “Chanson Douce” is being adapted in various styles. In 2019, director Lucie Borleteau turned the story into a film starring Karin Viard, Lela Bekhti, and Antoine Reinartz.
The feature film had been seen by a little over two hundred thousand people by the end of its theatrical run.