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Jackie Collins’ novel Lovers & Gamblers is being adapted for television

By October 30, 2021Adaptations, News, Television

Jackie Collins bestselling novel Lovers & Gamblers is being adapted for television.

Sarah Phelps, known for her work with the BBC including adapting Agatha Christie for television, will be in charge of adapting the epic saga.

Lovers & Gamblers was first published in 1977, exploring themes of  fame, greed, independence, and, of course, a smattering of sexy misadventures.

The novel becomes the ninth of Jackie Collins to be adapted for the screen.

“Lovers & Gamblers is a searing scabrous masterpiece,” says Sarah Phelps.

‘Al King, the rock-and-roll super stud who is everything any sex-crazed groupie ever imagined her hero to be; and Dallas, the beauty queen whose sky-high ambitions stem from a sordid secret-the type that tabloids tingle to tell. Together, they’re on a wild ride from London to New York, from Hollywood to Rio and the steaming jungles of the Amazon-where all their dreams and nightmares are about to come true…LOVERS & GAMBLERS.’

“It tells a story of roadside zoos, cults, beauty pageants, poverty and exploitation, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Jackie Collins was ahead of her time, her unflinching eye trained mercilessly on the filthy machinations of politics and power and how the seeds are sown for our own post-truth chaos.

“Lovers & Gamblers is about flawed, damaged people who will do anything, absolutely anything to get to the top and asks what the hell happens to you once you’ve got there. It’s dark, it’s shocking, it is brutally, savagely funny but ultimately, it’s a story about redemption and love.”

No cast has been announced yet but rumours are circulating about casting Tom Hardy, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds, or Matthew McConaughey as the scoundrel Al King.

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