World War II stories seem destined to end up on screen, so it’s no surprise a The Tattooist of Auschwitz adaptation was put in to production after the book sold over 12 million copies.
However, the novel and it’s author have been marred in controversy with the relatives of the real people it was supposed to be the story of refuting multiple plot points. While that hasn’t seemed to stop book sales, it is sure to be a big talking point as the series releases.
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This page was updated: 8/23/23
About The Book:
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
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Current Production Status:
The limited series is currently in Post-Production as of August 2023.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in January 2018 and went on the become a #1 New York Times best-seller, eventually selling over 12 million copies worldwide.
Shortly after publication it was announced that the rights had been optioned for a series adaptation with hopes of a 2020 release. However production did not end up starting that quickly.
In March 2023 it was announced that Sky Studios and Peacock had joined the project and that casting was done with filming beginning immediately.
Principal photography wrapped in May 2023.
It was revealed that Hans Zimmer and Kara Talve were scoring the series in August 2023 and that release was expected in 2024.
In 2023 it was announced
Who Owns The Rights:
Synchronicity Films acquired the rights and later partnered with Sky Studios and Peacock for production and distribution in their respective countries.
Who Is Attached:
Jonah Hauer-King (The Little Mermaid, The Flatshare) has been cast in the lead role of Lale Sokolov with polish actress Anna Próchniak playing Gita.
Melanie Lynskey will be playing the role of author Heather Morris in ‘present day’ flash forwards.
The only known filming location for the series so far is Bratislava, Slovakia.
While there is no exact release date yet, this series is expected to be released in 2024.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book has not been featured on Alison in Libraryland before.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is currently Heather Morris’ only work that has been picked up for adaptation.
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