Good news, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE FANS, the fantastic Mammoth Screen, the team behind hit period dramas POLDARK and VICTORIA, are going to adapt the Jane Austen classic for ITV.
It has been announced in the Radio Times that the novel will be adapted by playwright Nina Raine, who has never written for television before. The playwright has been commissioned to write the script for what will be the sixth TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Raine commented that the book is ‘actually a very adult book, much less bonnety than people assume.’
She continued, “I hope I do justice to Austen’s dark intelligence – sparkling, yes, but sparkling like granite.”
It will be interesting to see how Raine, who is the author of the National Theatre play CONSENT, reinvents the famous story of the Bennet sisters’ search for love. Already, she has stressed that the new version will expand upon the story’s ‘darker tones’.
It is now more than 20 years since the BBC’s most famous version, written for the small screen by Andrew Davies, which propelled actor Colin Firth into notereity as Mr Darcy.
It will be challenging the BBC as the ‘traditional home’ of literary adaptation. Either way, we can’t wait to see Raine’s take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!
It is a busy time for the talented folks at Mammoth Screen who are already making VANITY FAIR for ITV, which is beginning production next month in Hungary and England.
They also have a second series of VICTORIA, and a fourth of POLDARK on the way.
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