Philipp Meyer's The Son is one of my favorite books in recent memory, and it certainly seemed very cinematic and ripe for adaptation as I was reading it. Now Hollywood has caught on as well, with Deadline reporting the novel is being adapted into a series, potentially for AMC.
Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, who developed Netflix's Hemlock Grove, is working on The Son. There's certainly enough material to mount a rather long-running series (thought as a self contained mini, it could probably be pretty epic as well). The story spans generations and follows three time periods in the McCullough family.
The first, Eli, is kidnapped by Indians in the mid 19th Century and grows up under the tutelage of the Comanche tribe. His son, Peter, is sensitive and has an adverse reaction to ambition and bloodshed, much to his family's chagrin. And in present day, Jeannie strives to hold her own in a still male-dominated oil and cattle industries.
How will they do it? Focus solely on Eli? Move back and forth? Devote one season to each time? So there's definitely a lot to work with here, and I can't wait to see it.