Showtime Orders Purity to Series

Showtime Lands Daniel Craig-Starring Adaptation of Franzen's Purity Novel

Consider Showtime and Daniel Craig “bonded.” The cable network has nabbed the hot property Purity, a limited series based on Jonathan Franzen’s bestseller of the same name, starring and exec-produced by the erstwhile 007.

Netflix, FX and several other outlets were also in contention to land the buzzy project, which was seeking — and received — a 20-episode order. Besides EP-ing along with Craig, Scott Rudin (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen, Todd Field (Little Children) will direct each installment, and write (as will Hare and Franzen).

The novel centers around an aimless young woman named Purity — but better known as Pip — who winds up bouncing around after college from Oakland all the way to Bolivia and Denver through a series of jobs and relationships. No word yet on which of the many (many!) offbeat characters with whom Pip crosses paths Craig will play in his first regular Stateside TV gig.

Production is slated to begin in 2017, with episodes ultimately unspooling over the course of two years.

So, what do you think? Are you a fan of the novel? Will you be looking forward to seeing it brought to life on the small screen? Hit the comments.