Amazon Prime Video is working on the TV adaptation of Edna Ferber’s novel, “Giant”, published in 1952 and already adapted into a well-known film with James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Elizabeth Taylor in 1956. Produced by Anonymous Content, the Giant-based Amazon Prime series will tell the story of Edna Ferber’s novel of the same name.
The details about this adaptation of Giant were revealed by Variety, which includes the parts of the original plot that will make their way into this new adaptation. The plot centers on a family from Texas, the family of Jordan “Bick” Benedict. He first ran a ranch and then extracted oil between 1920 and 1950. The traditions are interrupted when Bick marries socialist Leslie Lynton and takes her home. Leslie resists the persistent economic intolerance and injustice that underlies the enormous fortunes of the Benedicts and other Texas families. He is involved in the tragic dispute between her husband and Jett Rink, a farmhand who refuses to sell his small plot of land to the Benedicts.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (who also has recently worked on another Amazon Prime video series, Hunters) will direct the set that also involves Edna Ferber’s niece, Julie Gilbert, as a consultant.
The 1956 film based on the same novel is best remembered as the last of the three films featuring James Dean, who died in a car accident at the end of shooting in September 1955. The film, directed by George Stevens, got ten Academy Award nominations and won for best director.