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HBO Wins ‘The Vanishing Half’ Auction In 7-Figure Deal; 17 Bidders Pursued Brit Bennett Bestseller

EXCLUSIVE: HBO won a wild auction that sources said saw 17 bidders vying for The Vanishing Half, the novel by Brit Bennett that is currently atop The New York Times bestseller list. Sources said HBO will pay low seven-figures for the book and the author will be executive producer of what HBO will develop as a limited series.

The novel focuses on the Vignes sisters, identical twins who, after growing up together in a small, southern black community, run away at age sixteen. It’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other passes for white, hiding her identity from her husband, who knows nothing of her past. Even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?

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by Anonymousreply 506/29/2020

[quote] their families, their communities, their racial identities.

I suppose we'll be flooded with similar television for the next year or two

by Anonymousreply 106/29/2020

There will be a three figure audience.

by Anonymousreply 206/29/2020

Is Lora Meredith available to star?

by Anonymousreply 306/29/2020

Sounds hard to cast.

by Anonymousreply 406/29/2020

The book has actually gotten good reviews that focus on actual literary merit.

by Anonymousreply 506/29/2020
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