Queer Coming-of-Age Thriller Novel ‘The Shards’ to Get TV Adaptation

The Shards

Autofiction and thriller novel ‘The Shard’ will get a TV adaptation, and with its queer storyline, the series will turn to reality under the hands of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ director Luca Guadagnino.

‘The Shards’ is a 2023 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. It tells the story of a group of privileged Los Angeles high school friends while a serial killer is on the loose in the city. It is set in 1981, and the story is narrated by the main character, Bret, who has become a successful author. As he recalls his senior high school year, he meets a new student named Robert Mallory. As the killer, nicknamed “Trawler” by the press, terrorizes the city, Bret becomes suspicious of Robert as he becomes part of his friend group. Though he has a girlfriend, Bret explores his sexuality by hooking up with his male classmates, and it winds him up further into the mystery.

‘The Shards’ has dark and heavy themes, including sex, drugs, glamor, abuse, and violence. Queerty describes ‘The Shards’ as somewhat like Netflix’s ‘Euphoria’ with a serial killer, but it should be noted that ‘Euphoria’ was partly inspired by Ellis’ work.

The news about ‘The Shards’ getting a series adaptation first appeared in April 2023; however, no new updates have been released since the beginning of the Writer’s Guild strike, which could have halted production for the show.

The latest information about the project is that celebrated director Luca Guadagnino, best known for the gay romance film ‘Call Me By Your Name, will handle the direction of the series — at least some of its episodes.

 

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