FX is developing a series based on the 2010 Searchlight Pictures film “Never Let Me Go”, Variety has learned. Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, who served as producers on the original film, will executive produce the series.
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro, “Never Let Me Go” was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex Garland. The cast included Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. The film follows Kathy (Mulligan), Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield), who meet as childhood friends at an English boarding school called Hailsham and learn that they are clones, created to serve as blood donors. organs in a “revolutionary” medical plan. to help extend human lifespan. Together, the three navigate love, friendships, and art while preparing for their inevitable death.
“Never Let Me Go” was positively received by critics, with Variety praising the actors for their commitment to the material, Romanek for his “gift for texture and tone” and Garland for “raising philosophical questions about science and the soul that go all the way back to Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein'”. Ishiguro’s novel also received critical acclaim when it was first published in 2005.
Melissa Iqbal is set as screenwriter for the series adaptation. She is best known for writing on “The Nevers,” Joss Whedon’s HBO sci-fi drama, with other credits including YouTube original series “Origin” and AMC’s “Humans.”
DNA Films & TV, led by Macdonald and Reich, is producing the series in association with FX productions and Searchlight Television. Iqbal is also an executive producer.