Whatever the timing, the producers are intent on making this the definitive adaptation for the 21st century.
Mammoth managing director Damien Timmer 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”.
Mammoth Screen is hoping Pride and Prejudice will follow in the footsteps of Vanity Fair, which it starts filming for ITV next month in Hungary and locations throughout England. The cast includes Oldham born rising Hollywood star Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp and Tom Bateman as Rawdon Crawley.
Forthcoming Mammoth adaptations include China Miéville’s 2009 noir thriller The City and the City adapted by Tony Grisoni and starring David Morrissey for BBC2.
The company is also making a fourth series of Poldark for BBC1, and a major new series based on Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, a story of interracial first love in a dangerous fictional dystopia.
It is also making HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds for BBC1 and Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence, starring Bill Nighy and adapted by Sarah Phelps.
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