An English-language TV adaptation of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s classic posthumously published 1958 novel “The Leopard” is now in the works.
The plan is for an eight- to ten-episode series to be produced by Indiana Production and with the full support of the late Sicilian author’s estate. English-language writers are being recruited to work on the screenplay in tandem with Italian scribes to guarantee the series’ cultural authenticity.
The story chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the 19th-century unification of Italy known as the Risorgimento. Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon and Burt Lancaster starred in the iconic original 1963 film adaptation by Luchino Visconti which won the Palme d’Or.
The project has high ambitions with production values aiming to be on the scale of “The Crown” or “Downton Abbey,” and will be shot in 2019 in several Sicilian locations described in the novel. The project is currently being shopped around at Cannes.