Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things Optioned for Television
PBS’ Masterpiece have announced they will be optioning Elizabeth Gilbert’s (Eat Pray Love) 2013 bestseller The Signature of All Things for television. Emily Ballou (The Slap) is set to adapt the script for the small screen. This will be the second of Gilbert’s books to be adapted after her blockbuster memoir Eat Pray Love was adapted for a feature film in 2010 starring Julia Roberts and directed by Ryan Murphy.
When I read The Signature of All Things I saw that it had everything we look for in a Masterpiece: an appealing, complicated central character whose life is changed, emotionally and physically, in a rich story told by a masterful writer – Rebecca Eaton (Executive Producer)
From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction – into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.
The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.