Playwright and filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan will be following up the torturous five-year process of making his last film, the terrific and troubled “Margaret,” with a British television project. Deadline reports that Lonergan is attached to write an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel “Howards End” as a four-part miniseries currently in development at BBC Two.
“Howards End” was adapted for TV before in 1970, and was the basis for the 1992 Merchant Ivory film that won a best actress Academy Award for Emma Thompson and best adapted screenplay for Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The book is about issues of class and social mores as told through the entanglements of three different families.
This new BBC project, which hasn’t yet been greenlit, comes from Playground Entertainment, and will be executive produced by (Colin Callender (“Dracula,” “The White Queen”), Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin, David A. Stern and Polly Hill for the BBC.
Deadline notes that this is the first television venture for Lonergan, who’s twice Oscar-nominated for scripting “You Can Count on Me” and “Gangs of New York.” But IMDb does credit him for writing a 1993 segment of the Nickelodeon cartoon “Doug,” “Doug Throws a Party,” which you can watch here.