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Harvey Weinstein’s name had already been removed from the project as an executive producer earlier in the month following multiple sexual harassment allegations, but now BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster’s sales arm, has moved to further distance itself from the disgraced mogul’s embattled former company by removing it entirely.
TWC, under its Weinstein Television banner, had been a production partner on the adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic, coming from screenwriter Andrew Davies and being produced by Lookout Point, and had distribution rights in the U.S. and China. It arranged a similar deal for the hit 2015 series War and Peace, also from Lookout Point and Davies, which it sold to A&E.
When the project was first announced last year, Weinstein said that while the musical version of Les Mis was one of his favorites, the miniseries would be “completely different,” describing it as an “intense and serious drama that will find contemporary relevance to what’s going on in the world today.”
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