It seems like a lot of books we’ve loved over the years are getting the movie or TV treatment, including Looking for Alaska, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Stargirl, and beyond. Things have been trending upward for us bookworms-at-heart who are getting to see the stories we love on screens of all sizes. Well, that trend will continue with Sandra Cisneros’s beloved novel The House on Mango Street, which is finally getting the television adaptation treatment.
Deadline broke the news earlier this week that Cisneros’s 1984 novel would be adapted into a TV series. The book will be adapted into a drama by Gaumont, the same production company behind the popular Netflix series Narcos. But, at this point, it’s unclear if The House on Mango Street adaptation will also appear on Netflix. If the show gets picked up, Cisneros will serve as an executive producer.
The House on Mango Street is a novel made up on vignettes about the residents of a particular working-class street in Chicago. The stories are narrated by a Mexican-American teenager, who helps bring the reader into this beautifully-realized world. For years, Cisneros has been reticent to allow her novel to be adapted, per Gaumont (via Deadline‘s report), but reportedly softened to the idea now that the rise and variety of streaming services is allowing numerous stories, including immigrant stories, to be told.
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Gene Stein, Gaumont’s president of U.S. Television, said, “The House on Mango Street is a timeless story that captures the struggles, dreams, and spirit of a young woman who epitomizes the experience of many young women coming of age in America today. It’s an inspiring and uplifting story that speaks to the challenges faced by so many trying to find their place in society.”
Additionally, Cisneros offered her own statement on the news: “I write because the world we live in is a house on fire, and the people we love are burning. Television has grown up in the last 20 years and now is the time to tell our stories.”
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