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Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ is getting the streaming service treatment with a TV series adaptation

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A TV series adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go is in the works, after a cinematic version of the book was released in 2010 starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. In development at FX, it comes from writer of The Nevers, Melissa Iqbal.

What is the plot of the Never Let Me Go series?

While the official details of the television adaptation are still to be released, it is expected the plot of Never Let Me Go series will be much the same as the book itself and the 2010 film adaptation.

As children, Kathy, Ruth and Tommy were students at an exclusive boarding school in the secluded English countryside, a place of cliques and rules where teachers were constantly reminding their students of how special they were. As years have passed and the trio grown, Kathy find Ruth and Tommy re-entering her life and for the first time they reflect on their shared past in an effort to understand what makes them special; how the gift they have will shape their time together.

The original film adaptation of the series was well received by critics, with the cast praised for commitment to the material and director Mark Romanek lauded for his “gift of texture and tone.” Screenwriter Alex Garland was also noted for raising philosophical questions, elevating the script of the adaptation. Ishuguri’s Nobel Prize-winning novel – released in 2005 – also received critical acclaim and has sold more than one million copies since publishing.

Iqbal is best known for working on The Nevers, a HBO sci-fi drama from Jos Whedon, alongside work on Humans and YouTube original series, Origin. The Never Let Me Go TV series will be produced by DNA Films – run by Macdonald and Reich – alongside FX Productions and Searchlight Television.

When is the series releasing?

A release date for the series is still to be announced. Watch this space.

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