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    Kogonada will direct an adaptation of R.O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries.

    Dan Sheehan

    September 7, 2022, 11:39am

    Now here’s a piece of literary adaptation news to get fired-up about.

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    Kogonada—the critically-acclaimed, delightfully mysterious South Korean-American filmmaker and video essayist whose works include Columbus, After Yang, and Pachinko—is set to direct a limited series adaptation of R. O. Kwon’s 2018 novel The Incendiaries. FilmNation Entertainment TV is developing the series, which will be written by Lisa Randolph (Jessica Jones, Star Trek: Discovery).

    A story of violence, love, faith, and loss, about a young woman at an elite American university who is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea, Kwon’s debut novel was a national bestseller and named a best book of the year by over 40 publications.

    Kwon said in a statement to Deadline:

    I spent ten years writing The Incendiaries, after which it was all the more heartening that the book was received as a national bestseller from its first week of publication and named a best book of the year by over forty publications. Now, I’m thrilled that The Incendiaries has found its way to a team I’m so excited about: I deeply admire FilmNation’s work and am utterly delighted by Lisa Randolph’s brilliant scripts, which are both so true to the novel and tell its story in new ways I couldn’t have imagined. I’ve loved and rewatched Kogonada’s work for years.

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    “I was immediately taken by R.O. Kwon’s story of class, reinvention, and the loss and radicalization of faith, which seems more relevant than ever,” said Kogonada of the announcement.


    [via Deadline]

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