FremantleMedia North America, Random House Studio and Dancing Ledge Productions have signed an exclusive deal with Brazilian author Paulo Coelho to develop the first-ever TV drama series based on his works. 

Exploring themes and characters from his novels The Devil and Miss Prym, Brida and The Witch of Portobello, the as-yet-untitled TV series follows a young priest who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption – ostracized by his church, a fugitive from the law, and hunted by a powerful crime family.  Meanwhile, the CIA agent chasing him discovers mysterious powers and a more profound connection to the priest than she ever thought possible. Coelho will introduce each episode and share thoughts on its themes.  
“There has never been a more prolific, thought-provoking and socially engaged author as Paulo Coelho,” said Dante Di Loreto, president of Scripted Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America.  “His stories make us look at the world differently, tapping into our true selves to further discover our place within the journey for hope, inspiration and social change.”
“Hundreds of millions of people have discovered in Paulo Coelho’s writing a universality that feels deeply personal.  Here we want to celebrate his vision and weave together elements of his work into a gripping new epic journey.  We couldn’t be more excited,” said Laurence Bowen, CEO of Dancing Ledge Productions.
Executive producing the upcoming series will be FMNA’s Dante Di Loreto, Random House Studio’s Peter Gethers, and Dancing Ledge Productions’ Laurence Bowen.

Jon Creamer

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