Free Love by Tessa Hadley bought by Fremantle for a TV series

Best-selling British author Tessa Hadley’s latest novel ‘Free Love’, about a middle-aged woman’s sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London, has been chosen for a high-end serial adaptation. range by The Apartment and De Maio Entertainment of Fremantle.

Los Angeles-based Lorenzo De Maio, former Endeavor Content partner, has secured the rights, following a bidding war for the hot book which has just launched in the UK and will be released in the States United next month.

‘Free Love’ is set to be accelerated as a US-UK series by Rome-based The Apartment, the Fremantle-owned company behind international Oscar-nominated Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Hand of God’ and his ‘The Young Pope’ and The shows “The New Pope” and HBO’s Elena Ferrante adaptation “My Brilliant Friend”, among other international titles.

“I loved ‘Hand of God” and “My Brilliant Friend”, so it’s very exciting for me to imagine seeing the world of my book through the eyes of The Apartment and De Maio Entertainment,” Hadley said in a statement.

Lorenzo Mieli, Director of The Apartment, and De Maio said: “We are very grateful to work with Tessa, such a brilliant and powerful storyteller, and we are delighted to explore the rich characters she has created in ‘Free Love “.

Set against the backdrop of 1960s London, “Free Love” is the story of 40-year-old Phyllis Fischer, a devoted wife to a bored civil servant husband and mother. She sees her life transformed after an old friend’s 20-year-old son visits her family and they share an after-dinner kiss. Newly awakened to the world, Phyllis defies convention to pursue love, escape, sexual freedom, and live a more meaningful life.

“The series will allow us to get to know Phyllis, without judgment, as she decides to make a personal and passionate choice and all the opportunities and challenges she faces,” Mieli and De Maio added. “It’s a timeless story filled with flawed and complex characters that we’re thrilled to bring to audiences around the world.”

Hadley is the author of seven acclaimed novels, including ‘Accidents in the Home’, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; “The London Train, which was a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year; and “At the end of the day”. His stories appear regularly in “The New Yorker”.

De Maio (pictured, right) left Endeavor Content last year to start a new venture, De Maio Entertainment, which is backed by Fremantle under an exclusive long-term partnership agreement. He is exploring new strategic opportunities with Fremantle, which is stepping up its scripted content and becoming one of the largest independent television and film production studios in Europe.

Mieli, co-founder of Fremantle’s Wildside, who, in addition to the latest works by Sorrentino and “My Brilliant Friend”, is also behind the English-language series “We Are Who We Are” by Luca Guadagnino, founded The Apartment , which is an Italian unit separate from Fremantle, in January 2020 as an incubator for high-end projects for the international market.

Hadley, who lives in London, is replaced by WME, The Joy Harris Literary Agency and United Agents.

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