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Middlesex: Paramount TV Adapting Jeffrey Eugenides’ Novel into Series

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Middlesex: Paramount TV adapts Jeffrey Eugenides novel in series

According Variety, Paramount Television Studios is developing a serial adaptation of author Jeffrey Eugenides' most successful bestseller, entitled Middlesex, with Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Gray, One Million Pieces) attached to direct. This project marks the second time that the novel will be developed in series, as HBO previously tried to adapt the series in 2002.

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First published in 2002, the critically acclaimed novel follows the story of Calliope "Cal" Stephanides and three generations of the Greek American family Stephanides, as they travel from their small village to the Prohibition era, Detroit, witnessing racial unrest in 1967 before moving to the suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Throughout history, Cal tries to deal with his gender identity while discovering that he is intersexual, caused by a genetic condition that runs through the family.

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The official synopsis of the book says: “Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American family of Stephanides who travel from a small village overlooking Mount Olympus, in Asia Minor, until the era of Prohibition, Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City and the racial riots of 1967, before moving to the tree-lined streets of the suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she needs to discover a guilty family secret and the surprising genetic story that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wonderful narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and exciting, Middlesex is an exciting reinvention of the American epic. "

Since its debut, Jeffrey Eugenides' novel immediately gained critical acclaim for its portrayal of issues relating to immigrants and gender identity. Currently, he has sold more than 4 million copies and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2002.

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The Middlesex series will be written by David Manson of the House of Cards as part of his overall deal with the studio. There is currently no network connected to the project.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is best known for directing the film adaptation of Universal's Fifty Shades of Gray, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Fanning. Despite receiving negative reviews, the film still grossed more than $ 500 million at the worldwide box office. Other notable credits for Taylor-Johnson include the 2009 John Lennon biopic, Nowhere Boy and A Million Little Pieces of 2019, which starred her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

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