Isabel Allende’s ‘The House Of Spirits’ Is Officially Being Turned Into A Hulu Series
It’s been two years since fans of Chilean writer, Isabel Allende had a chance to flip through the pages of a new book. Of course, reading favorites like House of the Spirits never gets old, but to finally get our hands on a new book by the beloved author is such a delight!
Allende announced the debut of her new book Long Petal of the Sea.
According to the description of the book, Allende’s latest publication is “a journey through the history of the twentieth century by the hand of unforgettable characters who will discover that in a single life many lives fit and that, sometimes, the difficult thing is not to flee but to return.”
The book is supposed to take place during the Spanish Civil War when a young doctor Víctor Dalma is forced to leave Barcelona with his pianist friend Roser Bruguera.
The two friends go into exile and cross the Pyrenees towards France. “On board the Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda that took more than two thousand Spaniards to Valparaiso, they will embark in search of peace and freedom that they did not have in their country,” according to Penguin Random House. “Received as heroes in Chile – that ‘long petal of sea and snow,’ in the words of the Chilean poet – will be integrated into the country’s social life for several decades until the coup d’état that overthrew Dr. Salvador Allende, Victor’s friend. his common love of chess. Víctor and Roser will find themselves uprooted again, but as the author says: “If you live long enough, all the circles are closed”.
Isabel Allende’s Trueba family is bringing magic realism to the screen once again. That’s right, mi gente! The family’s multi-generational story first brought to readers in 1982 with the famed Chilean writer’s literary classic “House of Spirits,” is being put on the small screen thanks to Hulu.
The award-winning book is being adopted for the screen with Allende set to executive produce.
According to Deadline, the streaming site, also behind the Golden Globe-winning television adapted series The Handmaid’s Tale, is only in the early stages of the TV series adaptation. Still, it has been confirmed that as development rolls into production, Allende will serve as the show’s executive producer. The show will be based off of the book that follows the story of the Trueba family, which endures tragedy, triumph and magic realism across three generations.
It’s not the first time a production company has tried to adapt Allende’s world-renowned book.
CREDIT: “House of Spirits” / Miramax Films
In 1993, Miramax Films adjusted the film for the screen while also committing major offenses to the book’s story, which mostly involved brownface. The film featured a non-Latino cast that included Meryl Streep and Winona Ryder as the Latina clairvoyant Clara del Valle Trueba and her daughter Blanca Trueba, respectively. The film was generally considered to be a flop. At the time, famed literary critic Roger Ebert gave the movie a 2 out of 4 star rating, writing, “What odd thinking must have gone into the casting of the movie: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close form a checklist of the last actors you’d think of while reading the famous novel by Isabel Allende, widow of the slain Chilean leader.”
While the word is still out on what Hulu intends to do in terms of hiring for its cast and crew, we’ve got our fingers crossed that they’ll tap Latina directors and writers and make good on the original book by putting Latinos on the screen.