One of the best contemporary female writers is making her way to your TV. Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised by Wolves will be adapted into a TV series for ABC. The drama will center on the titular short story from her 10-story collection.
"St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised by Wolves" is about an elite boarding school in the swamps of the Florida everglades (a favorite locale of Russell's) where 15 human daughters of werewolves become re-acclimated to polite society by a group of nuns. OK, it's about a lot more than that, but that's how I'm breaking it down for you. The story follows teenage twins Claudette and Felix when they arrive at the boarding school. Anyway, if you're a fan of Russell's, you know this story showcases her brand of magical realism at its best. It's dark, witty, and poignant.
The adaptation is quickly becoming a who's who for women in the TV entertainment industry. Producer and writer Jenny Bicks has signed on to adapt the collection. Bicks is most famous as the executive producer for Laura Linney's show The Big C, but she has also worked on Sex and the City, was a writer for the Amanda Bynes-Colin Firth movie What a Girl Wants (a cult classic if you ask me), and wrote one of the best Dawson's Creek episodes of all time, "High Risk Behavior," aka the one where Joey draws Jack Titanic-style and Pacey and Andi have sex.
Channing Powell is going to write the script. She's has written several episodes of The Walking Dead and White Collar. Meanwhile, John Jacobs will executive produce under 20th Century Fox Television.
This isn't the first exciting Russell TV adaptation news. Swamplandia! is supposedly still in production for HBO, though there's no word yet on when the finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (yes, that fiasco) will make it to the small screen. Hopefully we won't have to wait as long to see St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves (#SLHGRBW? And we thought Orange Is The New Black was long for Twitter) from the comfort of our couches.
Now all we need is for someone to pick up Vampires in the Lemon Grove.