Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is heading to Showtime as a series. According to Deadline, The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will be adapted for a limited series event. Chabon will write the series with partner Ayelet Waldman.
Chabon and Waldman have an overall deal with CBS TV. Most recently, Chabon served as showrunner for the new Star Trek: Picard series so it’s no surprise that Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producers.
The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is arguably one of the best books written in the 20 century (2000). I am biased. It’s an epic tale of love, war and the birth of America’s comic book superhero obsession in big-band-era New York City. I think a limited series is the right choice. Trying to do a movie from this dense, complex story wouldn’t give the source material justice. I’m really excited to follow how the progress on this project and, with Chabon and Ayelet at the helm, you can’t go wrong.
Here is a more in depth summary of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay:
The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay.
A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum opus” (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.
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