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When it was announced that The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, one of the most popular New York Times Best-selling novels in recent years were getting a Netflix adaptation, the general consensus seemed to be “duh.”
The novel, which was written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, has sold over two million copies, garnered over 194.2 million views on TikTok’s sub-community, BookTok, and made Reid one of the most popular authors in mainstream literature. His three recent novels — The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones and the sixand Rise of Malibu — have been picked up for adaptations from Netflix, Amazon Studios, and Hulu, respectively.
of the peloton, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is easily the most popular commercially. The story follows Monique Grant, a relatively unknown journalist who is chosen by starlet and old Hollywood legend Evelyn Hugo to write the story of her life. In Seven Husbands Story, Monique and Evelyn find out more about each other, and we learn why Evelyn, who hasn’t given an interview in decades, decided to share her story now, and why , of all people, she chose Monique to do it.
The story is full of drama, intrigue, mystery and above all a tender love story. Given the nature of the novel – seven husbands told in seven parts – it made perfect sense for the novel to be turned into a limited series, but is the plan for that New York Times Best-selling hit?
East The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo a movie or a limited series?
Netflix’s book-to-screen track record is pretty impressive. Look no further than Bridgerton, Virgin Riverand The game of queens, to name a few. It’s understandable why fans were eager for the same treatment of The seven husbands of Evelyne Hugo.
However, it turns out that the adaptation will not be in the form of a limited series. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will be a movie, according to Deadline and various other outlets, much to the annoyance of dedicated fans. Many fear the fate of some of their favorite scenes, and to their credit, there are plenty of them.
The adaptation was originally picked up by Freeform in 2019 and was set to be a limited series, according to Deadline. L-words executive producers Ilene Chaiken and Jennifer Beals were to steer the ship. But it turns out Netflix beat them to the punch, and fans are still salty about it.
Perhaps fans can take comfort in knowing that Reid’s masterpiece won’t be left to unfair treatment as she herself will serve as executive producer, alongside Margaret Chernin (The lost city and The goldfinch). Liz Tigelaar, the showrunner and executive producer of Small fires everywhere, will write the script. What they all share in common is past experience creating book-to-screen adaptations. Hoping they knock this one out of the park.
To learn more about Netflix’s adaptation of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoYou can do it here.