TV - Freedom

Tomorrow Studios and Scott Free Productions, in an ITV Studios partnership, have announced plans to adapt Freedom, a masterly novel of contemporary love and marriage by bestselling author Jonathan Franzen...

Press Release

Released in 2010, Freedom was named one of the New York Times 10 best books of the year, winner of the John Gardner Fiction Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.

The story explores the journey of Patty and Walter Berglund, pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde. However, in the new millennium, they question why their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door, why has Walter, once an environmental lawyer, taken a job working with Big Coal; and why has their perfect neighbour turned into the local Fury. Patty and Walter are indelible characters, and their mistakes and joys, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, have become touchstones of contemporary American reality.

Golden Globe Award-winning writer and prolific playwright Melanie Marnich (The Affair, Big Love) will write the TV adaptation.

“In Freedom, Jonathan Franzen created a masterpiece - hilarious, heartbreaking, relentlessly relevant - and I feel so fortunate to be diving into its world. It's a dream project and it comes with a dream team: Scott Free and Tomorrow Studios. They are brilliant collaborators and I'm thrilled to be creating this show with them,” shared Marnich.

Author Jonathan Franzen added "Of all my novels, Freedom seems to me the most directly pertinent to our current social and political moment - globally the fragile earth, nationally the great red/blue divide. I'm excited to be working with Scott Free and Tomorrow Studios on the adaptation, and I've felt from the beginning that Melanie is a perfect choice to write and run the show.” 

Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will executive produce the series through Tomorrow Studios, along with Franzen, Marnich, and Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, and Clayton Krueger through Scott Free Productions.

“Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is a laugh-out-loud, emotional knock-out of a novel and we couldn’t have conjured a better writer to adapt this material than the brilliant Melanie Marnich. We are very excited to bring this project to market with our partners at Tomorrow Studios,” said Ridley Scott for Scott Free Productions.

“In this ever-changing world, parents are just trying to keep up and Freedom explores this incredible journey as only Jonathan Franzen can. We are thrilled to help bring this series to life, adapted by the incredibly talented Melanie Marnich in collaboration with the passionate, steadfast producers at Scott Free,” said Tomorrow Studios’ CEO/Partner Marty Adelstein and President/Partner Becky Clements.

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