News: MASTERPIECE Options The Signature of All Things
MASTERPIECE on PBS Options The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert's Best-Selling Novel to be Adapted for Television
The Signature of All Things, the best-selling novel by Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, has been optioned for television by MASTERPIECE on PBS.
The Signature of All Things is Elizabeth Gilbert's most ambitious and exploratory book yet, and it was also one of the best reviewed novels of 2013. Inspired by the true-life adventures of real 19th century female botanical explorers, Gilbert created an unforgettable character in Alma Whittaker — a brilliant, determined, and thoroughly scientific woman, struggling to express her intellectual curiosity in a society where women's lives are confined to the domestic sphere. Equal parts Elizabeth Bennet and Charles Darwin, Alma spends her days seeking nothing less than the answers to the origins of life itself. Readers all over the world fell in love with this unique character — the rare heroine of literature whose fortunes are neither rescued nor ruined by a man.
“When I read The Signature of All Things I saw that it had everything we look for in a MASTERPIECE: an appealing, complicated central character whose life is changed, emotionally and physically, in a rich story told by a masterful writer,” says Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “And it’s set in Amsterdam, London, Philadelphia and Tahiti!”
Elizabeth Gilbert says: "I'm beyond thrilled to be working with MASTERPIECE on the adaptation of The Signature of All Things. Whenever I dreamed of seeing my novel transformed for the screen, I dreamt of working with exactly this team of people, and I'm delighted that my dream has come true. It's going to be a lovely collaboration, and a beautiful miniseries."
MASTERPIECE, produced by WGBH Boston, is developing the project with Origin Pictures, a top UK film and television production company run by David Thompson. Known for ambitious projects, Origin’s recent titles include Death Comes to Pemberley starring Matthew Rhys and Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren.
Best known for her blockbuster memoir Eat Pray Love, which chronicled her divorce and subsequent search for spiritual enlightenment, Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of six books. The Signature of All Things is her second novel.
Emily Ballou, an award-winning Australian-American screenwriter, novelist and poet, will adapt the novel for television. She has written on acclaimed shows The Slap, Scott & Bailey and Case Histories.
Development of The Signature of All Things is made possible by a grant to The MASTERPIECE Trust by Barbara and John Vogelstein.
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