Les Misérables, the popular novel-turned-musical, is heading to the small screen for the first time. According to Variety, Weinstein Television and the BBC are coming together once again to create a TV adaptation based on Victor Hugo's classic 1862 novel.
The two companies, who have previously worked on War & Peace, will make a six-part mini-series co-produced between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One, in association with Weinstein TV. Weinstein TV will distribute it in the U.S. and China.
Andrew Davis, the writer behind War & Peace, said in a statement:
"Les Misérables is a huge iconic title. Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story. I am thrilled to have the opportunity of doing real justice to Victor Hugo at last by adapting his masterpiece in a six hour version for the BBC, with the same team who made War & Peace."
But don't expect the adaptation to be similar to the Broadway musical. “Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is one of the greatest novels of all time—and while the musical is one of my favorites this will be completely different,” The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein explained.
The musical is the longest-running musical in London's West End, and was transformed into a film in 2012 starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.