Tuesday, December 4, 2018

HBO Renews 'My Brilliant Friend' for Season 2

HBO and RAI have renewed the original drama series My Brilliant Friend for a second season, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming and Fabrizio Salini, RAI CEO. The second season will be based on The Story of a New Name, the second book in Elena Ferrante's bestselling four-part series.

"We're thrilled that Elena Ferrante's epic story has resonated so powerfully with viewers and critics, and we look forward to the continuing journey of Elena and Lila," said Bloys.

"RAI is deeply proud of the extraordinary success of My Brilliant Friend. It's an important milestone that confirms our commitment to focusing on international co-production, as well as on the value of Italian talent," said Salini.

Filmed in Italian, the eight-episode first season stars Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti as the younger versions of Elena and Lila, while Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace play teenage versions of the characters.

All episodes are directed by Saverio Costanzo, with screenplays by Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Costanzo.