Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man' Is Being Adapted As A Series
Ralph Ellison‘s seminal novel Invisible Man is being adapted into a Hulu series.
As Variety reports:
…the project is in very early development stages, and that no script has yet been written. Hulu earlier this year acquired the rights to develop a series based on the landmark 1952 novel, which is owned by the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust. John Callahan is serving as an executive producer on the project.
Winner of the National Book Award in 1953, Invisible Man tells the story of an unnamed black man’s journey from attending college in the South to living in New York City, as he struggles with the belief that he is socially invisible because of the color of his skin.
“The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of ‘the Brotherhood,’ and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky,” Penguin Random House wrote about the book.
In other related news, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins will be adapting James Baldwin‘s novel If Beale Street Could Talk into a film.
“James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time,” Jenkins said previously. “His interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day. To Translate the power of Tish and Fonny’s love to the screen in Baldwin’s image is a dream I’ve long held dear. Working alongside the Baldwin Estate, I am excited to finally make that dream come true.”