The Weinstein Company and BBC are teaming up to bring a television adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables to the small screen.
Reuniting the same team behind BBC’s six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Les Miserables will air as a six-part mini-series. Andrew Davies, who wrote the War and Peace adaptation as well as Bridget Jones’s Diary, will pen the script.
While Harvey Weinstein revealed that the mini-series would be “completely different” than the popular musical, Davies said he’s “thrilled” to have the opportunity to bring the iconic franchise to television.
“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.”
A big screen adaptation of the musical starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Russell Crowe premiered back in 2012. The well-received film would go on to gross over $430 million worldwide while capturing three Academy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actress win for Hathaway’s portrayal of Fantine.
No word yet as to when Les Miserables will debut on BBC.
(H/T The Hollywood Reporter)