Thu. Jan 20th, 2022


According to Deadline, Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain has successfully acquired the TV rights to the dystopian drama novel titled The School For Good Mothers through her production company, Freckle Films. Based on Jessamine Chan’s forthcoming debut novel, which is slated to launch tomorrow, the project will be directed by Jude Weng (Finding Ohana).

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The School For Good Mothers will follow the story of a young mother, who due to one poor judgment, gets enlisted by the government to participate in a Big Brother-like reform program that measures the success and failures of a mother’s love and devotion. Should she fail to redeem herself, she would have to face the possibility of losing custody of her daughter.

You can pre-order a copy of the novel here!

The official book synopsis reads: “Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. She can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with Harriet, their cherubic daughter, does Frida finally attain the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she is just enough.

Until Frida has a very bad day.

The state has its eyes on mothers like Frida. The ones who check their phones, letting their children get injured on the playground; who let their children walk home alone. Because of one moment of poor judgment, a host of government officials will now determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion.

Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that a bad mother can be redeemed. That she can learn to be good.

A searing page-turner that is also a transgressive novel of ideas about the perils of ‘perfect’ upper-middle-class parenting; the violence enacted upon women by both the state and, at times, one another; the systems that separate families; and the boundlessness of love, The School for Good Mothers introduces, in Frida, an everywoman for the ages.”

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The series adaptation will be executive produced by Chastain and Kelly Carmichael for Freckle Films along with Weng and Chan. It will also be produced by Endeavor Content.

Chastain recently starred in the biopic drama film The Eyes of Tammy Faye as well as in HBO’s limited drama series Scenes from a Marriage. She will next be seen in the action-thriller pic The 355 and in the crime thriller film The Good Nurse.

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