Paramount TV has optioned Tim Murphy’s new novel Christodora for a limited TV series. Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias (Little Men) will write the adaptation, with Sachs set to direct. Cary Fukunaga will produce through his company Parliament of Owls.
Christodora, published yesterday by Grove Atlantic, has been drawing comparisons to Tales Of The City and Bonfire Of tThe Vanities. It follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora.
“Tim Murphy’s book is a masterful and panoramic story of New York City and the East Village from the 1980s to the present,” said Sachs. “As Mauricio and I both lived through this period firsthand, we felt an immediate connection to the material, and are excited to bring this Dickensian narrative to life.”
For Emmy winner Fukunaga, the project falls under his overall deal with Paramount TV.
“Christodora tells a compelling story of family, friendship, love, and loss that spans decades, but manages to fully immerse you in an important and difficult time in downtown Manhattan,” he said. “Ira and Mauricio have already established themselves as masters of New York life viewed through unexpected lenses, and I’m very excited for them to bring their vision to this outstanding book.”
Sachs and Zacharias recently wrote and Sachs directed Little Men, which opens this weekend, the last of their movie trilogy of New York stories that also includes the 2012 Keep The Lights On and 2014’s Love Is Strange. The two are also are writing a script, Montgomery Clift, for HBO.
Fukunaga and Paramount TV recently teamed for Maniac, a half-hour series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, which has a series order at Netflix with Fukunaga directing and executive producing. Fukunaga also is directing and exec producing Paramount TV’s upcoming series for TNT The Alienist.
Fukunaga is coming off writing, directing and producing the acclaimed feature Beasts Of No Nation. He won an Emmy for his directing work on the well received first season of HBO’s True Detective.
Sachs & Zacharias are repped by WME; Sachs is also repped by Paul Brennan; Zacharias by James Adams. Fukunaga is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and LGNAF. Murphy is repped by ICM Partners on behalf of Susan Golomb at Writers House.