Weinstein Television and the BBC are teaming up for a new version of Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables.” based on Victor Hugo’s book following French convict, Jean Valjean. The book has inspired the much-loved musical by the same name as well as an Academy Award-winning movie.
That’s only part of the story, though. “Les Misérables is a huge iconic title,” said Executive Producer Andrew Davies, in a statement. “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.” Viewers shouldn’t be expecting for just another version of the musical version. This version will be much more detailed and tell more of then story than the musical was able to tell.
The project reunites the teams behind this spring’s “War & Peace,” which aired on BBC One in Britain and A&E Networks in the U.S.
Executive producers for “Les Misérables” will be Davies, Bethan Jones for BBC Studios, Faith Penhale and Simon Vaughan for Lookout Point and Harvey Weinstein for Weinstein Television. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Lucy Richer, Acting Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.