‘Works by Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist) are headed to the small screen. American Gods producer FremantleMedia North America, Random House Studio and Dancing Ledge Productions have signed an exclusive deal with the famous Brazilian author to develop the first-ever TV drama series based on his books.
Exploring themes and characters from Coelho’s novels The Devil and Miss Prym, Brida and The Witch of Portobello, all published by Harper Collins, the crime thriller will explore the human condition, celebrating Coelho’s multi-layered and inspirational storytelling.
The yet-untitled TV series follows a young priest who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption – ostracized by his church, a fugitive from the law, and hunted by a powerful crime family. Meanwhile, the CIA agent chasing him discovers mysterious powers and a more profound connection to the priest than she ever thought possible.
Coelho, who is known for his deep connection with his audience, will introduce each episode and share thoughts on its themes. He also will be involved with the creative development of the project. Search is currently underway for a showrunner to pen the adaptation.
FMNA’s Dante Di Loreto and Random House Studio’s Peter Gethers executive produce with Laurence Bowen of Dancing Ledge Productions, in which FremantleMedia has an ownership stake.
The Devil and Miss Prym, published in 2000, is set in a small village and centers on a young, poor barmaid whose wager with the devil leads to a spiritual transformation. Brida, published in 1990, centers on the title character Brida, a young Irish girl, who has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. The Witch of Portobello, published in 2007, is about a woman born in Transylvania to a Romani mother in a gypsy tribe without wedlock. The central character is abandoned by her birth mother because the father was a foreigner (gadje) and later adopted by a wealthy Lebanese couple.
Coelho is best known as the author of The Alchemist, which has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, has been translated into more than 80 languages, and remains a New York Times best-seller 25 years after its initial publication. Coelho has a strong presence on social media with more than 29 million Facebook followers and 15 million Twitter followers. The 2015 WorldPost/GDI Global Thought Leaders Index listed Coelho as the #2 most influential global voice, just behind Pope Francis, who holds the #1 position. Currently, Coelho is published by Alfred A. Knopf, Vintage and Vintage Espanol, with titles including Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, Adultery, The Spy and Hippie, which will be published in September 2018..’