A book club favorite, The Expatriates adaptation, based on the book by Janice Y.K. Lee, could be a hit but it’s been marred in controversy from the start. The series will be going by the title “Expats”, so if you’re excited for this adaptation make sure you’re looking for the right name!
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This page was updated: 1/8/24
About The Book:
Mercy, a young Korean American and recent Columbia graduate, is adrift, undone by a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her struggle to have a child, something she believes could save her foundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, once a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. As each woman struggles with her own demons, their lives collide in ways that have irreversible consequences for them all. Atmospheric, moving, and utterly compelling, The Expatriates confirms Lee as an exceptional talent and one of our keenest observers of women’s inner lives.
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Current Production Status:
Completed and waiting for it’s January 2024 release on Prime Video.
The Expatriates Adaptation Timeline:
In 2016 the book was first published. The next year the screen rights were optioned with Nicole Kidman to produce and star in the project. July 2018 Amazon Prime Video gave a full mini-series order. After Covid pandemic related delays, filming began in Fall 2021. Nicole Kidman was given an exemption from the city’s mandatory 21-day quarantine leading to outrage from the citizens as well as worldwide headlines.
The series was in post-production in 2022.
Expats is scheduled to make it’s debut at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, and rumored for a early 2024 release.
A January 26th release date for the first two episodes was announced in late 2023 along with the first trailer.
Who Owns The Rights:
Amazon Studios led production and is handling distribution of the series through Prime Video.
Who Is Attached:
Nicole Kidman, Jack Huston, Sarayu Blue, Brian Tee, and Ji-young Yoo have all been added to the cast.
Filming took place in various locations around Hong Kong.
The first two episodes will premiere on January 26th.
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