The classic story that’s been given a modern day update is its own television subgenre these days, with a slew of shows on air and more in development following the form. The latest network to get in on the action is Bravo, who like many other channels these days has been stepping up an investment in scripted fare, including a project from filmmaker Ry Russo-Young and an adaptation of “Death Becomes Her.”
Now Deadline is reporting that the network’s put a contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House” in development. “Fortune,” which comes from playwright and “Smash” creator/ousted showrunner Theresa Rebeck, brings the 19th century tale of the legal battle over an estate into present day New York, where a prominent family finds itself fighting over an inheritance after the mysterious death of its patriarch.
The hour-long drama is being executive produced by John Wells and Andrew Stearn from Warner Horizon.
Dickens has, it needn’t be said, been adapted to TV many times before, most recently in British productions of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “Great Expectations” that aired in the U.S. on PBS last year. There have been three BBC adaptations of “Bleak House,” the latest being a 15-episode 2005 version starring Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson, Charles Dance and Carey Mulligan.