If you’re a fan of ‘Normal People’, we’ve got some exciting news for you - the author wrote another incredible book which has just been approved to also be made into a tv show. We are AMPED.
‘Normal People’, if you’re a bit behind the times, is a novel written by Irish author Sally Rooney, following the on-again, off-again romance of young adults Marianne and Connell. The book quickly became a best-seller back in 2018 and 2019, and was just recently turned into a TV show and released via the BBC.
Back before she wrote ‘Normal People’ though, Rooney wrote her just as incredible debut novel ‘Conversations with Friends’, which has now been approved for it’s very own tv show!
In a recent interview asking whether fans could expect a ‘Normal People’ sequel, the show’s co-producer Ed Guiney responded: “Not in the short term. We’ve turned our attention – we’re adapting ‘Conversations with Friends’ as a television series.”
The two stories aren’t directly connected, but the stories defs follow similar themes, following two students while they’re at uni in Dublin. The same team that worked on ‘Normal People’ is also returning to work on the new show, so we can expect similar vibes.
“It’s the same basic team. Lenny (Abrahamson) is going to direct it and is across it as an executive producer. And Alice Birch and all of us at Element Pictures. That's what we'll be turning our attention to next,” said Guiney.
“But maybe down the line we'll come back to Connell and Marianne,” he teased.
We can’t expect to see the show anytime soon unfortunately, due to most TV and film production being shut down during the global pandemic, but at least it’s something to look forward to.
And for when we can finally travel again - just an FYI that the spectacular Italian villa Marianne and Connell stay at in ‘Normal People’ is available to rent on AirBnb. And it isn’t even expensive!!!
The ancient farmhouse in Sant'Oreste, just north of Rome, sleeps six guests and is, as we saw in the show, surrounded by a pool and lush greenery. It’s near to Stimigliano, where more scenes from the series were filmed.
The villa is available to rent currently from $72 NZD per night, which is crazy cheap. Hold on to those dreams of lazing in the Italian sun guys, we may eventually be able to leave the country sometime in the distant future - and this is what’s waiting for us.