FX Developing Never Let Me Go Series

Posted 2022/05/10 3 0

Never Let Me Go is getting another adaptation. According to Variety, FX has begun developing a series based on the 2005 book by Kazuo Ishiguro. The book had previously been adapted into a film in 2010.

The 2010 adaptation of Never Let Me Go was directed by Mark Romanek. Alex Garland adapted the book into a screenplay. The film starred Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield. The film takes place in an alternate universe where the human lifespan has been extended past 100 years. We follow three friends, Kathy (Mulligan), Ruth (Knightley), and Tommy (Garfield) attending a boarding school called Hailsham. But one day, the three learn that they are actually clones created to be organ donors. The story then follows the three as they try to survive in this new world and balance a love triangle between the three.

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While Never Let Me Go is a science fiction story, the science fiction elements are not the central focus of the story. According to Romanek, in an interview with Newsinfilm.com, the film is a love story first with science fiction elements. It’s also important to note that while this is a story about clones in a dystopian world, nobody is teaming up with a freedom fighters group to tear down the establishment. Romanek explains this a bit more, stating where Ishiguro took inspiration from and what kind of story he set out to tell.

“I think he [Ishiguro] thinks it’s a more authentic idea of the way people tend to behave. He cites things like how slavery didn’t come to an end because slaves rebelled, it came to an end because it was abolished. There are lots of stirring stories of brave slaves that rebelled the oppressive system, but he didn’t want to write that story. He cites how people who receive a terminal prognosis, they don’t bungee jump off a bridge, or they don’t tend to climb Machu Picchu, or go see the Great Wall of China, they usually stay in their routines. People stay in marriages that are abusive or unhappy. People stay in jobs that they don’t find fulfilling.”

To Be Complete

Never Let Me Go was praised by critics and currently holds a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics praised the performances and mournful tone of the film. While the film did not make its budget back at the box office, the book continued to be praised in Japan. The book soon gained two more adaptations in its home country, a stage production in 2014 and a television drama series in 2016.


Currently, there is no news on the cast in this upcoming adaptation of Never Let Me Go, but there are a few names revealed in other departments. Andrew MacDonald and Allon Reich, who were producers of the 2010 film, will be executive producers on the upcoming series. Melissa Iqbal, who is best known for writing on HBO and Joss Whedon’s The Nevers, will be writing for the series. Fans of the book and 2010 film will want to keep their eyes and ears peeled as we are sure to learn more about this production forthcoming!


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