Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” is set to make its television debut, thanks to the Weinstein Co. and BBC. The companies announced on Thursday that they will develop a six-part miniseries of the acclaimed classic set in 19th century France.
The project will be a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One in association with Weinstein Television. Andrew Davies, who also wrote the adaptation for ‘War & Peace’ for the two companies, will write the script based on the novel that depicted French convict Jean Valjean’s struggles to escape his past while being hunted for decades over a parole violation by Inspector Javert.
“’Les Miserables’ is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a release. “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.’”
Davies, Bethan Jones, Faith Penhale, Simon Vaughan and Harvey Weinstein are set to executive-produce.
Weinstein stated that “Les Mis” is one of his favorite musicals but the miniseries will be “completely different and 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,” he added.
No release date for the TV adaptation has been announced.