With Normal People currently a massive hit for the platform, Hulu and the BBC have announced plans to collaborate again on a series based on author Sally Rooney’s first novel Conversations with Friends. The new show will reunite Normal People director Lenny Abrahamson with Rooney and Alice Birch (the main writer for Normal People). Hulu said in a statement:
Sally Rooney perfectly and beautifully captures the complicated dynamics of relationships in her stories. After bringing that to life in ‘Normal People’ to an overwhelmingly positive response, we are honored to do the same with ‘Conversations with Friends.’ We are excited to continue our creative partnership with Sally, Element Pictures, Lenny, and the BBC, which has been a dream collaboration.
Conversations with Friends was Rooney’s critically acclaimed 2017 breakthrough work before the massive success of her second novel Normal People in 2018. The novel follows
Frances, a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into her world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick. But however amusing Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it begins to give way to a strange—and then painful—intimacy.
The series will be 12 episodes long, like Normal People, with no further details on a potential air-date or casting at this time.