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Arts and Entertainment

'Transparent' Creator To Adapt 'I Love Dick' For Amazon

Jill Soloway at the premiere of 'Transparent's second season. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Amazon has ordered a new comedy from Transparent creator Jill Soloway—an adaptation of the controversial, yet influential, novel I Love Dick.Deadline first reported on Thursday that Amazon gave the green light to I Love Dick, which will be written by playwright Sarah Gubbins and produced by Soloway and Andrea Sperling's Topple Productions. The novel, written by Chris Kraus and published in 1997, is a free-flowing, semi-autobiographical memoir structured around a series of letters between the characters, and its synopsis makes it sound like a tough one to adapt to television. Via Deadline:

I Love Dick is set in a colorful academic community in Marfa, Texas. It centers on a struggling married couple, Chris and Sylvere, and their mutual obsession with an off-putting but charismatic professor, Dick. Told in Rashomon-style shifts of POV, I Love Dick charts the unraveling of a marriage, the awakening of an artist and the reluctant deification of a man named Dick.

Despite being completely absurd and hilarious, the events of I Love Dick are apparently mostly real. The titular Dick of the novel, while never identified by last name, is the sociologist Dick Hebdige, who threatened to sue Kraus over the novel.Soloway picked up mountains of acclaim and awards for her work with Transparent. This book appears to be in good hands.

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