Jessamine Chan’s The school for good mothers goes to the small screen.
Actor Jessica Chastain’s production company, Freckle Films, chose the rights to Chan’s debut novel, Deadline reports†
Chan’s book, published Tuesday by Simon and Schuster, follows a woman who is sent to a reform school after leaving her 18-month-old child at home while she runs errands. In a starred review, a critic of Kirkus called the book “an engrossing dystopian drama that makes complex parenting points with depth and feeling,” writing, “If this doesn’t become a miniseries, nothing will.”
Jenna Bush Hager selected Chan’s book as the latest choice for her Today show book club on Tuesday, saying, “This debut novel was so captivating, thought provoking and beautifully written, everything I tried to pick up afterward paled in comparison. It was everything I wanted to talk, think and read about.”
Judas Weng (Fresh off the boat, blackish) has been linked to adapt, executive produce and direct the TV adaptation of Chan’s book. Chastain and Kelly Carmichael (the 355) will also serve as executive producers.
Weng shared the news about the adjustment on Instagram, to write“I’m so excited to finally share this wonderful project and news with all of you! Collaborating with @frecklefilms with @jessamine.chan and her debut novel THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS is beyond exciting. If you haven’t already got Jessamine’s novel read, then hurry!”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.