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.
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.”
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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