Big news for Modern Loss contributor and “The Death Class” author Erika Hayasaki: A TV drama based on her non-fiction book about a wildly popular college class called “Death in Perspective” is in the works. Jennifer Carpenter, best known for her role as Debra Morgan on the Showtime series “Dexter,” and producer George Stelzner have optioned Hayasaki’s book, and are looking for a writer to adapt it for television.
Here’s what Variety has to say:
“Death Class” revolves around Norma Bowe, a Ph.D and registered nurse who teaches a class in preparing for death at Kean University in New Jersey. The course has gained national attention for Bowe’s fearless exploration of end-of-life issues and her approach to helping students (and clients of her consulting practice) use an array of techniques to come to grips with the reality of mortality.
“Norma is such a dynamic force,” said Carpenter. “Her world is rich and textured, and the results of her work are inexplicably redemptive and life-affirming.”
“…The content of ‘Death Class’ is such fertile ground for series development,” said Stelzner.
Fertile ground, indeed; congratulations, Erika.