Apple acquires rights to Pachinko
James R | On 11, Aug 2018
Apple has acquired the rights to Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko.
The bestselling novel, published last year, spans eight decades and four generations to tell an epic story of family, identity, love, death and survival.
It begins in Yeongdo, Korea, in 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a 15-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.
Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.
With its multi-generational, globe-trotting scale, it’s easy to see the story’s appeal for adapting into a multi-Season TV series. Indeed, Deadline reports Apple fought off competition to snap up the rights to the book.
The planned project will be produced by Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res and will be written and executive produced by Soo Hugh (The Terror, The Whispers), who will also serve as showrunner. Min Jin Lee is also on board as an executive producer.