Clearly, BBC One is not done when it comes to shrewd adaptations of iconic works of literature. Early this year, the network released to critical acclaim their six-part adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic “War and Peace,” and now, they are enlisting the help of writer Andrew Davies once more for an adaptation of “Les Miserables.”
This adaptation will yet again run for six parts, and Davies is going to be teaming up once more with producer Harvey Weinstein in order to make this happen. In a statement, Davies had the following message to pass along:
“Les Misérables is a huge iconic title. 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.”
Meanwhile, Weinstein made it clear that this will be a very different version of the story than the recent feature film:
“[This will be an intense and serious drama that will find contemporary relevance to what’s going on in the world today … 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.”
There is no precise premiere date for the adaptation just yet, but we imagine that the network is going to take their time in order to ensure that they make this as strong as they possibly can.
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