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Jacob Elordi has been tapped to bring this Booker Prize-winning novel to life

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Whenever Justin Kurzel and Shaun Grant come together it's always bound to turn our heads. Add in Jacob Elordi and a Booker Prize-winning novel from Australian literary icon, Richard Flanagan? That's a recipe for success. All parties are currently working on a limited series adaptation of Flanagan's 2013 novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Find everything we know about the series so far, below.

What is The Narrow Road to the Deep North about?

For those unfamiliar with the novel, it's set in a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway in August 1943. The narrative follows an Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans at a particularly low moment; he's struggling to save the men under his command from cholera, from starvation, from beatings, and at the same time, he himself is haunted by the love affair he was enmeshed in two years earlier with his uncle's wife. Then he receives a letter that changes his life.

In 2014 The Narrow Road to the Deep North was awarded the Booker Prize, making Flanagan the third Australian to ever win the prize. His other books include Toxic, which lifted the lid on the disturbing nature of Tasmania's salmon industry, and Wanting.

Who is involved?

As mentioned, Jacob Elordi will play Dorrigo Evans, a role that requires a certain kind of complexity we've seen the actor demonstrate so far in his part in Euphoria. Wherever director Justin Kurzel goes, screenwriter Shaun Grant is never too far behind, as we saw with Nitram and Snowtown. Flanagan will stay on board as executive producer also. Meanwhile, the series has switched from Fremantle to Sony Pictures Television.

Is there a release date?

You really want all the details, huh? At this stage there's no word on when we can expect to see The Narrow Road to the Deep North on our screens. So watch this space.


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