Last week Deadline Hollywood reported that ABC is developing a series adaptation of Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides.

Here are some details from correspondent Nellie Andreeva:

I hear the hourlong project is expected to stay closer to Pat Conroy's 1986 novel than to the 1991 Columbia Pictures movie starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte that it spawned... Conroy is on board as a non-writing consultant.

I read The Prince of Tides for the first time earlier this year. (In fact, I remember the experience well: I read it during the weekend of the Nashville Flood and didn't leave my apartment once over the course of 48 hours.) It's one of fiction editor Abby's favorite novels of all time, and I figured I couldn't work at a desk next to her without giving it a try.

The novel tells the story of the Wingo children, including Tom—the narrator—a former high school teacher/coach; Savannah, a genius and suicidal poet; and Luke, the adventurous, full of life and also idealistic oldest brother. It's a sweeping story—full of drama with a capital D, mystery, violence and love.

And I'm not quite sure how it'll adapt to a TV series (I can't imagine watching the story in episodes, for example), although it's good to hear it'll have Conroy's stamp of approval.

What do you think, readers?

Also in BookPage: Read more about Conroy on our website.

What the trailer of the 1991 movie version of The Prince of Tides:

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