The creators of Limetown explained the challenges and changes that came with adapting their podcast into a TV show. For those unfamiliar, Limetown is a hit podcast that is joining several others in getting the adaptation treatment. Like some other recent podcast-to-TV series, Limetown is a fictional story.
As you can tell from the trailer, Limetown follows Jessica Biel’s Lia Haddock, who is a journalist determined to solve the mystery of what happened to hundreds of people who vanished from a neuroscience research community. What was the hardest part of adapting the podcast for television? Limetown's creators weighed in during a chat with CinemaBlend. Co-creator Zack Akers gave his take first, telling me:
Finding Lia was central to the television series’ progress for a great reason. As you can tell from Zack Akers’ comments, she is Limetown’s primary protagonist. Limetown creators have talked about how they knew Jessica Biel was the right choice to play the inquisitive journalist. In finding Biel, there was also the element of exploring who Lia is. Zack Akers continued, saying:
Limetown’s deep dive into these questions is set to begin Wednesday, October 16. As you can tell from Zack Akers’ comments, Lia Haddock is a journalist on a mission. A part of that quest includes finding out what happened to her beloved uncle, Emile Haddock (Stanley Tucci). He is among the 300 that went missing. On exploring the psychology at play in Limetown, Akers continued, saying:
The challenges of bringing Limetown to life in the medium of television did not end there. Limetown co-creator Skip Bronkie shared the other tribulations that presented themselves during the adaptation process. For anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to bring a story to life for the cameras, Bronkie provided another angle to things, saying:
Bringing Limetown to life also involved bringing its eponymous town to the screen. The place is at the center of the mystery. For those listening to the podcast, the area has only been imagined by their minds. Putting it on screen came with its share of complications. Skip Bronkie said:
As any fan who has had their favorite book adapted to the screen can attest, changes often have to be made. Bringing a podcast on-screen is really no different. How did Limetown’s creators balance deciding how much they wanted to change and keep when adapting the podcast’s story to the television show? Skip Bronkie, said:
The relationship between humans and technology was not the only thing that Limetown’s creators had their eye on keeping intact. There was also their lead character, Lia, as a journalist determined to get to the bottom of a mystery that has spanned decades. Skip Bronkie continued, saying:
There were some changes that Limetown’s creators made in translating the podcast to television. In fact, in doing the show, Limetown’s creators got to do something they had not gotten to do in the podcast. Skip Bronkie continued, saying:
If you have already listened to the Limetown podcast, it sounds like there is a little something new for you. The show is full of cliffhangers, red herrings, and twists! What more could you possibly ask for in a television experience? Exactly. Your chance to watch Limetown is almost here!
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