Tuesday, July 7, 2009
HBO to develop series from Detroit-set novel 'Middlesex'
Rita Wilson, executive producer of HBO's new projectActor-producer Rita Wilson will be in charge of developing a one-hour series out of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Jeffrey Eugenides novel, "Middlesex."
According to Broadcasting and Cable, Wilson and Pulitzer-winning playwright Donald Margulies are the executive producers of the project. The action of the novel takes place largely in Detroit in the 1920s and 1990s.
"Middlesex" is narrated by a 40-something hermaphrodite living in Detroit, and the story weaves in and out of present day, tracing the narrator's family history from Greece to the U.S. in the 1920s. It's partly the coming-of-age story of Calliope Stephanides, who at 13 learns that, chromosomally speaking, she's actually male, though due to a particular recessive gene, her body doesn't respond much to male hormones; in other words, s/he's a hermaphrodite.
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