Netflix is taking on a Pulitzer Prize winner and we’ll get to see the All the Light We Cannot See adaptation on screen soon. Based on the book by Anthony Doerr, published in 2014, this remarkable tale of love, bravery, and the power of human connection amidst the chaos of World War II captured the hearts of millions around the globe. Now, fans of this literary masterpiece can rejoice as word has spread that All the Light We Cannot See will be adapted into a highly-anticipated limited series.
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This page was updated: 9/4/23
About The Book:
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
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Current Production Status:
The limited series is in post-production and waiting for it’s November 2023 release.
All the Light We Cannot See Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in 2014 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
In March 2019 it was announced that Netflix and 21 Laps Entertainment (Stranger Things) had purchased the rights to make a series adaptation.
Netflix announced in September 2021 that the project would be a 4 episode limited series and that casting was beginning. They held an open casting call in the hopes of finding a young actress who was blind/had limited vision to play the lead. In December Aria Mia Loberti, who is blind, was announced for the lead role of Marie-Laure Leblanc.
Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie were announced to have joined the cast in January 2022.
Filming began in March and went through July before wrapping.
In April 2023 Netflix released the first teaser trailer along with first-look pictures. They also announced that the series would be releasing later that year on November 2nd.
Who Owns The Rights:
Netflix and 21 Laps Entertainment are co-producing the series with Netflix having distribution rights for the series on it’s streaming service.
Who Is Attached:
Aria Mia Loberti, Mark Ruffalo, and Hugh Laurie have all been cast in lead roles.
Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) wrote all four episodes and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) is the series’ only director.
Filming took place in multiple places around Europe including Budapest, Hungary. Berlin, Germany. Saint-Malo, France. Villefranche de Rouergue, Aveyron, France.
The limited series is scheduled for all 4 episodes to be released on November 2nd, 2023.
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Other Adaptations From This Author:
Currently none of Anthony Doerr’s other works are in the process of being adapted.
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All the Light We Cannot See Adaptation (2023): Everything We Know So Far
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