The Conversations with Friends adaptation, based on the book by Sally Rooney, is headed to Hulu in 2022. Hopefully with the same streaming service backing it, this adaptation will follow the success of Normal People. This coming of age story about female friendships, confusing relationships, and your early twenties really resonated with some people, while others were not so entertained. Sally Rooney novels tend to be hit or miss for people so this wasn’t too surprising. But adaptations can sometimes change those feelings if done well, which Hulu already did once for Normal People.
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This page was updated: 7/27/23
About The Book:
Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed, and darkly observant. A college student and aspiring writer, she devotes herself to a life of the mind–and to the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi, her best friend and comrade-in-arms. Lovers at school, the two young women now perform spoken-word poetry together in Dublin, where a journalist named Melissa spots their potential. Drawn into Melissa’s orbit, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick.
But however amusing their flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy neither of them expect. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally even with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile herself to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances’s intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐/5
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Current Production Status:
All 12 episodes released on Hulu as of May 15th, 2022.
Conversations With Friends Adaptation Timeline:
The book was Sally Rooney’s debut novel and was first published in 2017.
Shortly before Normal People (another Sally Rooney novel) was released on Hulu in early 2020, it was announced that the same creative team would be helming a Conversations with Friends adaptation also for Hulu. After the success of Normal People’s release expectations were high and the project moved forward quickly.
In February of 2021 casting of the main quartet of characters was announced. Filming began that April in Northern Ireland and continued until a wrap party in September. Post-production officially began in November 2021.
The release date of May 15th for all of the episodes was announced in April 2022, along with a simultaneous release on BBC Three along with Hulu. After release, reviews were mixed and since the entirety of the book was covered, a second season is not expected.
On May 30th, 2023 the series was removed from Hulu.
Where Can I Watch The Series?
As of June 2023 the series is not currently available on streaming.
The show currently has a 59% tomatometer and 66% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 6.7/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights:
Element Pictures (who also did Normal People) owned the rights for production and partnered with BBC and Hulu for distribution.
Who Is Attached:
Jemima Kirke, Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane, and Alison Oliver have been cast in the lead roles.
The series was filmed in multiple locations including Dublin, Ireland. Hvar, Croatia. Belfast, Northern Ireland. Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
May 15th, 2022
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This adaptation can be found in the 2022 Books to Screen Adaptations masterlist.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
Normal People was adapted into a 12-episode series and is currently on Hulu.
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Conversations with Friends Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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