Chuck Lorre is best known for creating Two and a Half Men and co-creating The Big Bang Theory. He will soon be taking on some very different material than we’d expect of him. Lorre is behind a new adaptation of Tom Wolfe‘s The Bonfire of the Vanities. Brian De Palma directed Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis in an adaptation of Wolfe’s novel. But how will an actual series fare?
Variety confirmed Chuck Lorre Productions, Amazon, and Warner Bros. TV are developing eight episodes of The Bonfire of the Vanities. Another executive producer on the project is Margaret Nagle. Nagle wrote two excellent episodes of Boardwalk Empire from season one. She also created the short-lived Red Band Society. Nagle will serve as a writer on The Bonfire of the Vanities TV series as well.
The Bonfire of the Vanities was Tom Wolfe’s first novel. Wolfe originally wrote the story for Rolling Stone magazine. From 1984 to 1985, each new issue of the magazine featured a new chapter of the novel. After the serialized publication was completed, the author spent the next two years polishing his satire of New York. Which took a look at Wall Street, the wealthy, the poor, and more. The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was an acclaimed bestseller.
The novel follows Sherman McCoy, a young investment banker who has his life changed by a freak accident. Here’s a more in depth synopsis from Bookrags:
The Bonfire of the Vanities is a sweeping saga set in 1980’s New York. This decade was popularly known as a greedy, materialistic era. Author Tom Wolfe’s satirical treatment of this avarice ranges from the mean streets of Harlem to the privileged isolation of Park Avenue. Wolfe’s darkly humorous drama invokes the tension of race and socio-economic relations in New York City. During a decade when the haves and the have-nots were separated by a chasm too wide to be bridged.
The novel’s events center on a hit-and-run accident that takes place in a run-down area of the Bronx. Rich socialite, Sherman McCoy, and his mistress, Maria Ruskin, take a wrong turn on their way home from the airport one night. They soon find themselves the victims of an apparent car-jacking attempt on a highway entrance ramp. They manage to escape. But wind up mowing down Henry Lamb, an African-American teenager, and one of two men involved in the carjacking.
Even though I’ve never read the Bonfire of the Vanities (it’s on my to do list), I have to admit that I am really excited for this mini series. Since I am an English major and have a very strong love of literature, I am up for anything that may interest people in picking up the book. However, I am a bit wary of Chuck Lorre’s involvement, only because the Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men are vastly different from a piece of literature. Let’s hope he can pull it off.
Information for this article was taken from: http://www.slashfilm.com/