ITV To Make A ‘Less Bonnet-y’ Pride and Prejudice.

By August 15, 2017Adaptations, Television

Most fans of Pride and Prejudice will remember the 1995 BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet.

Especially that scene where Mr Darcy is all damp from his swim… *swoon*

Anyway, good news everybody! British television company ITV have announced they are producing another remake of the classic book, with a few adjustments to the frills and corsets we all recognise from period dramas.

Nothing more sexy than a damp and slightly embarrassed man.




Speaking to The Radio Times, the producers of the show have remarked on how their adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will be different to the 90s TV series, and the movie remake:

Playwright Nina Raine is in charge of rewriting the classic book despite never having written for television before, or seen any adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Producers have said the new version would focus on Jane Austen’s “darker tones” within the original book.

“Pride and Prejudice is actually a very adult book, much less bonnet-y than people assume,” Raine has said. “I hope I do justice to Austen’s dark intelligence – sparkling, yes, but sparkling like granite.”

Never forget that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also exists…

Raine is part of the Mammoth Screen team who are known for their recent TV hits Poldark and Victoria.

Managing director of Mammoth Screen, Damien Timmer, has said, “In this age of the box set – with audiences loving to binge on complex, serialised dramas – it feels absolutely right to reassess the great classics.”

“Every generation needs its own adaptation of this perfect novel.”

“Nina Raine is one of the most gifted writers working today, and her wit and emotional intelligence make her the perfect match for Jane Austen. She’s a devoted fan of the book, but she’s never seen any previous adaptations – so pleasingly the novel only exists in her imagination”.

It is all go for Mammoth Screen who are currently making Vanity Fair for ITV, with filming starting next month in Hungary and England.

A second series of Victoria, and a fourth of Poldark, are also on the way.

Seems it is a good time to be a fan of classic novel adaptations!




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The novel is a dual-narrative story which follows an asylum-seeker (Little Bee) from Nigeria and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, then re-unite in England many years later. The Other Hand humanises asylum-seekers in the UK and the struggles they go through. Cleave examines the asylum system in Britain, and how the country treats refugees. He also touches upon the very relevant subjects of British colonialism and globalisation.

Amazon Studios plan to adapt this passionate and humane book, and Hollywood star Julia Roberts has also jumped at the chance to get involved.

The Wonder actor will play the character Sarah O’ Rourke, the magazine editor who meets Little Bee during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. She is also producing the project with Red Om Films.

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The movie will star Lea Thompson as Marmee, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Melanie Stone as Meg, Allie Jennings as Beth, Elsie Jones as Young Amy, and Taylor Murphy as Older Amy.

It is released on September 28th 2018.

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James McAvoy to star in Pullman’s His Dark Materials adaptation

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James McAvoy (X-Men) and Clarke Peters (The Wire) are signed up to star in a BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel series His Dark Materials. 

Based on Pullman’s trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials is a complex tale of theology, physics, and philosophy featuring a range of mythical and mystical beings. It tells the story of two children, Lyra and Will, who wander through a series of parallel universes.

The new eight-part series is to be produced by Bad Wolf in June 2018. McAvoy is set to play Lord Asriel, the father of main character Lyra (to be played by Dafne Keen) and Peters will play the master who raises Lyra.

Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct the series and it will be executively produced by a host of talent from the literary and entertainment industries: Pullman, Tranter, Gardner, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line; Piers Wenger and Ben Irving for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.

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Reports began to circulate that Jackson was in talks with Amazon over the show and some speculated that he would serve as a producer for the show, after his lawyer, Peter Nelson, mentioned that he “recently helped start a dialogue” between Amazon and Jackson. However, during an interview with the French outlet Allocine, Jackson confirmed that he’s in no way connected to the show. Read More

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