August 13, 2022


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Min Jin Lee’s ‘Free Meals for Millionaires’ in improvement at Netflix

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Min Jin Lee is having a single heck of a 2021.

Min Jin Lee sitting on a bench: The Amherst College writer-in-residence wrote the pilot script adapting her 2007 debut novel.

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The Amherst College author-in-home wrote the pilot script adapting her 2007 debut novel.

First, she was tapped by Penguin to introduce its reissue of “The Terrific Gatsby.” Now the Amherst University author-in-residence (and previous Seaport resident) is in the growth phases of adapting her 2007 debut novel, “Free Food stuff for Millionaires,” for Netflix. “Master of None” co-creator and “Tigertail” director Alan Yang has signed on as government producer.


Lee told the Globe this week that “Millionaires” “would be the very first a single-hour reasonable drama series with an Asian-American-led cast in Hollywood record.”

The novel centers on Casey Han, daughter of Korean immigrants doing the job in a dry cleaner in Queens. In accordance to Lee, Casey enters into rarefied American culture due to effort and hard work and scholarships. Refreshing out of Princeton with a well-known white boyfriend, Casey sets out to carve a room for herself in New York Town — but at what cost? The novel examines the issues of aspiration and development while retaining one’s sophisticated identification.

“I’ve been asked to adapt my have function on various instances, and I wished quite a lot to adapt my initially novel. I was introduced to Alan Yang, whose work I like, and we equally felt that Netflix would be the great spot to share this tale since of its world-wide viewers,” reported Lee, who wrote the pilot script adapting her novel.

“I’m unable to supply even more facts at this time, but we hope to have much more information to share quickly,” additional Lee, who teaches essay and fiction crafting at Amherst.

Yang tweeted this week: “Couldn’t be far more psyched to be working with @minjinlee11 on this display. It is a 1-hour Asian-American drama set in the 90s, what could be improved?!…”

In the meantime, another Lee novel is obtaining the screen remedy. Apple Tv set has reportedly commenced output on an adaptation of her 2017 best-providing, Obama-advisable Nationwide Reserve Award finalist, “Pachinko.”

Lauren Daley can be reached at [email protected]. She tweets @laurendaley1.

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