FX’s “Never Let Me Go” series adaptation is no longer moving forward. The show which was based on the 2010 Searchlight Pictures film of the same name landed a series order at Hulu back in October and was expected to stream on Hulu in the U.S. as well as Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ in other territories.
Variety reports that production had not yet begun before the decision to scrap the series was made.
The original film was adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name and starred Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. The story follows Kathy (Mulligan), Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield), who meet as childhood friends at an English boarding school called Hailsham and learn that they are clones, created to serve as organ donors in a “breakthrough” medical plan to help extend the human lifespan. Together, the three navigate love, friendships and art while preparing for their inevitable deaths. The film was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex Garland.
Cast also included Viola Prettejohn, Tracey Ullman, Kelly Macdonald, Aiysha Hart, Spike Fearn, Shaniqua Okwok, Gary Beadle, Kwami Odoom, Susan Brown, Keira Chanse, and Edward Holcroft.
The project came from DNA Films, which produced the feature film version, and Searchlight TV, whose film arm distributed the movie. Melissa Iqbal wrote the pilot and would have served as showrunner. She was also an executive producer alongside pilot director Marc Munden, Garland, Macdonald, Reich and Maria Fleischer of DNA Productions, and Ishiguro.