'Carol' Screenwriter Adapting Fidel Castro Drama 'Telex From Cuba'

From Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, the project is based on Rachel Kushner's book of the same name, with Phyllis Nagy on board as showrunner.
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Phyllis Nagy

Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy has set up her next act.

The Oscar-nominated scribe is set to adapt Rachel Kushner's book Telex From Cuba for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The National Book Award finalist is set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading up to Fidel Castro's revolution. Nagy will adapt the novel and serve as showrunner and executive producer. A network is not yet attached.

Anonymous Content's Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Schulman also are on board to exec produce. Anonymous Content is behind best picture Oscar nominees Spotlight and The Revenant.

Told from multiple perspectives, the novel captures the world of the Americans who lived in a pleasure-filled Shangri-la, blissfully unaware that the proverbial crystal chandelier was about to come crashing down on them.

"I am thrilled to begin work on bringing the complex, beautiful, colliding worlds of Rachel Kushner’s magnificent novel to dramatic life," said Nagy. "The political, social and economic landscapes of Cuba in the 1950s is rich, exciting territory — and I look forward to exploring it all with Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.”

In addition to her Oscar-nominated screenplay for Carol, which was based on Patricia Highsmith's book The Price of Salt, Nagy also wrote and directed the HBO telepic Mrs. Harris, which was nominated for 12 Emmys. She is currently plotting feature adaptations of The Trap and The Luneburg Variation and writing an original screenplay titled Middle of Somewhere, which details a week in the life of Dusty Springfield.

Nagy is repped by UTA.

For Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, this marks the latest collaboration following their three-year, first-look production pact. The companies also are teaming on Cary Fukunaga's The Alienist at TNT and Netflix's Thirteen Reasons Why, starring Selena Gomez, among others.

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