‘Conversations With Friends’ Will Be the Next ‘Normal People’

Everyone seemed to be swooning over Marianne and Connell's doomed romance in Hulu's Normal People, so what if I told you another Sally Rooney novel—in fact, her debut work—is also being adapted for TV? You'd better figure it out, because Conversations With Friends, based on the 2017 novel of the same name, is headed to BBC. Here's everything else we know so far.

What’s it even about? Rooney’s first book follows the conversations between two best friends and fragile lovers, Frances and Bobbi, via text, email, instant messaging, and, of course, actual face-to-face interaction. Things get murky when the pair becomes entangled with an older married couple. If you thought Normal People was gripping, you're in for a wild ride.

“It was a decision that made itself. We will commission work from Sally Rooney for as long as she writes it," BBC exec Piers Wenger said in February. "We think she’s such an exciting voice, in the way that she’s able to write about young people’s lives in a really direct and authentic way, is—her work speaks for itself, really.”

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Diving into Sally Rooney ~ the 28 year old (!!!) Irish literary darling (I'm halfway through Normal People ~ longlisted for the Man Booker prize 2018) and I'm curious to know your thoughts?! ? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Her prose is sparse (took me a minute to get used to reading without dialogue quotations and minimal punctuation) but her characters are well crafted and reflective of our current culture. Which did you like better: Normal People or Conversations with Friends? ? ps. iced matcha with coconut milk ? ? ? = ? . . . . . #sallyrooney #normalpeople #conversationswithfriends #bookreview #instabook #toberead #tbrpile #readmorebooks #booksofig #bookstagram #nycbooks #amreading #indigofaves #belletrist #oursharedshelf #readinggoals #bookaholic #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booksandtravel #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #vscoreads #canadianbookblogger #bookblogger #torontobookblogger #bookish #goodreads #coffeeandbooks #currentlyreading

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We’ll probably have to wait a bit, sorry. With pretty much all TV production shut down due to COVID-19 (which is even causing shows like American Horror Story to go back to the drawing board), there is no real timeline for CWF.

How many episodes? BBC will eventually gift us a complete, 12-part series.

The Normal People director and screenwriter are involved. Lenny Abrahamson, the Oscar-nominated director of Normal People, will be directing alongside Normal People writer Alice Birch, who will write multiple episodes of the series.

The cast is still up in the air. No one is cast quite yet, but we'll keep you posted. Given the fact that the characters are Irish, Saorise Ronan would be an obvious choice, but who else would kill to see Florence Pugh take on our narrator, Frances?

This post will be updated as more information comes out.

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