The first look photos of this Fellow Travelers adaptation had the internet’s full attention, so it will be fun to see if the series can keep all of those eyes on it.
This evocative novel explores the forbidden romance between two men during the notorious Lavender Scare, a dark period in American history when loyalty oaths and fear cast a chilling shadow on personal freedom.
Delving deep into the complexities of identity, societal pressures, and the sacrifices one makes for love and freedom this story is an important one to be told.
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This page was updated: 8/17/23
About The Book:
In a world of bare-knuckled ideology and secret dossiers, Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic, is eager to join the crusade against Communism. An encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job and, after Fuller’s advances, his first love affair. As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives while moving between the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO’s front line in Europe.
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Current Production Status:
The limited series is currently waiting for it’s October 2023 release.
Fellow Travelers Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in 2007. This television adaptation was announced as in development in October 2021 by Showtime.
They officially gave a series order a few months later in April 2022 along with the announcement that Matt Bomer was joining the project to star and serve as an executive producer.
Jonathan Bailey was announced in July as the co-lead as filming began. Principal photography ran from July 2022 to December 2022.
A teaser trailer for the series was released in June 2023 with confirmation that it would be releasing by the end of the year.
In mid-August the release date was set for October 27th on the Paramount+ with Showtime streaming plan, with the episode then airing on the Showtime tv channel that Sunday.
Who Owns The Rights:
Fremantle (American Gods) is co-producing the series for Showtime with plans for the limited series to be aired on Paramount+ with Showtime.
Who Is Attached:
Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer have been cast in the lead roles with Will Brill, Andy Milne, Erin Neufer, and Jane Moffat all joining the cast in supporting roles.
The limited series filmed in various locations around Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The series will begin airing on October 27th, 2023.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This project is featured in the 2023 Books to Screen Adaptations masterlist.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is the first work from Thomas Mallon to be adapted to the screen.
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