While not quite the hit of his first novel, it was no surprise that a The Maidens adaptation was in the works as soon as the book was published. After a failed screenwriting career, author Alex Michaelides has had no problem writing hit novels that have fans begging for them to be brought to life on screen.
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This page was updated: 8/22/23
About The Book:
Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.
Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.
Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?
When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything—including her own life.
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Current Production Status:
This project is in the very early stages of development as of Summer 2023.
The Maidens Adaptation Timeline:
The book was released in June 2021 and became an instant New York Times Best-Seller.
Alongside the book’s publication in June it was announced that a series adaptation was in the works with Miramax Television and Stone Village teaming up to lead production. Morwenna Banks was brought on to write the screenplay.
Who Owns The Rights:
Miramax Television and Stone Village have partnered to acquire the rights with plans for a series adaptation.
Stone Village is best known for the recent Station Eleven adaptation for HBO Max.
Who Is Attached:
As of Summer 2023 there have been no casting announcements or names attached to the film.
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With the project still in the very early stages of development there are currently no known filming locations yet.
There is currently no estimated release timeframe made public as of Summer 2023 for when this movie will come to our screens.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book was featured in the June 2021 Most Anticipated New Releases!
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘The Silent Patient’ has had it’s rights optioned since 2019.
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