Victor Hugo’s incredible French historical novel Les Misérables is currently undergoing a BBC revamp in the form of a six part drama series. The series is due to be one of the biggest ventures the BBC has ever undertaken and has been given the backing of Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein.
Each episode will be an hour long as is said to focus more heavily on the original novel as oppose to musical productions of the material. The show is set to be produced by the BBC, independent company Lookout Point and Weinstein’s own Weinstein TV.
Harvey Weinstein has been quoted as saying that the source material is ‘one of the greatest novels of all time’ and has ‘contemporary relevance’.
He went on to describe the novel as:
“An intense and serious drama that will find contemporary relevance to what’s going on in the world today. I’m thrilled to be reunited with Faith Penhale and Simon Vaughan, my partners from War and Peace, with Charlotte Moore from the BBC, and of course, with Andrew Davies who wrote War and Peace.”
It has also been announced that screenwriter Andrew Davies will be taking the lead on writing duties. Davies is one of the most experienced writers in the world when it comes to historical fiction. He has written adaptations of Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, War & Peace and is also one of the producers of hit Netflix political drama House of Cards.
Davies had this to say of the upcoming project:
“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, with the same team who made War and Peace.”
The series is expected to be released sometime next year.