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Published on August 7th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Apple plans TV drama series on bestselling ‘Pachinko’ novel

Apple has bought the screen rights to create a new TV drama series based on Min Jin Lee’s bestselling novel, Pachinko, various reports indicate. 

The production is to be produced by production company Media Res with the potential series being written and executive produced by Soo Hugh, who will also serve as showrunner, and executive produced by Min Jin Lee, Variety reports. Hugh will write and executive produce the series in addition to serving as showrunner, with Lee also executive producing. Hugh was previously the showrunner on Season one of the AMC series The Terror. She also developed the ABC series The Whispers.

Apple has given that project a two-season commitment.

A National Book Award finalist diaries the historical novel following characters from Korea who eventually migrate to Japan. The story begins in 1911 with the birth of Sunja, who becomes involved with a married yakuza, falling pregnant and facing ruin in her small village. The town’s minister offers her a new life in Japan as his wife, where she is alone, lost, and unable to speak the language. The book then follows the Sunja’s family through eight decades and four generations. 

Pachinko is just one of over 14 original television shows Apple has authorized, several of which are based on novels. Apple has yet to explain how it plans to distribute its content, but gave the impression last week it is leaning toward launching a new streaming video service that might be bundled with other media content including music, magazines and news.

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