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Having come together for War & Peace, The Weinstein Co. and the BBC are set to reunite for another big-budget period TV adaptation, this time moving the action to revolutionary France.
Les Miserables, a six-part miniseries based on Victor Hugo’s acclaimed classic, will be a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point (also behind War & Peace and the upcoming The Collection) for BBC One in association with Weinstein Television, it was announced Thursday.
Andrew Davis, who wrote the War & Peace adaptation, will pen the Miserables script, going back to the novel to delve into the many layers of Hugo’s story, reveling in Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship.
Executive producers on the project include Davies, Bethan Jones for BBC Studios, Faith Penhale and Simon Vaughan for Lookout Point and Harvey Weinstein for Weinstein Television. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Lucy Richer, acting controller of BBC drama commissioning.
“Les Miserables is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a statement. “Most of us are familiar with the musical version, which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story. I am thrilled to have the opportunity of doing real justice to Victor Hugo at last by adapting his masterpiece in a six-hour version for the BBC, with the same team who made War & Peace.”
Harvey Weinstein said that while the musical version of Les Mis was one of his favorites, the miniseries would be “completely different,” and an “intense and serious drama that will find contemporary relevance to what’s going on in the world today.”
He continued: “I think the BBC and Weinstein Television collaborations are a new paradigm in the telling of classics — they’re modern and yet respectful. And, with the exception of James Bond, nobody does it better than Andrew Davies.”
BBC Worldwide will globally distribute Les Miserables, with Weinstein Television distributing in the U.S. and China, with an option for Canada.
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