Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ITV & MAMMOTH SCREEN PLANNING 'TOM JONES' 18TH CENTURY EPIC SERIES? TOM HOLLANDER TO LEAD 'HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME' ITV EPIC SERIES? HISTORICAL FANTASY 'THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK' TO BECOME TV SERIES

   'TOM JONES' EPIC SERIES
ITV TAKING US TO 18TH CENTURY
It could be ITV's new period set saga
Massive news coming from ITV today! They will join Mammoth Screen, who is doing Victoria, Poldark and Vanity Fair, in adapting classic novel TOM JONES into a new period set series! The raunchy 1749 novel from Henry Fielding follows often very scandalous and bawdy sexual exploits and merry adventures of the young and good hearted 18th century foundling Tom Jones in a story full of twists and surprises. As 'Radio Times' reports, the project hasn't been officially greenlit yet, but it is expected to start shooting next year. Screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes who is penning the project thinks the story is ideal for current atmosphere as Tom never sleeps with women who don't want him and is always a perfect gentleman! According to rumours, the studio is negotiating with a big star to take the lead role!

   TOM HOLLANDER TO LEAD
'HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME' EPIC TELEVISION SERIES? 
Speaking of ITV, a few months ago the spy informed you that they are also preparing historical series on THE HUNCH BACK OF NOTRE DAME and
Tom Hollander is also producing the potential series
now they're hired Dr Thorne and Taboo's  Tom Hollander in the titular role! He is also producing the adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic with War and Peace Andrew Davies penning the script. In the series set in 1482 and following the love between hunchback Quasimodo, the Cathedral’s half blind and deaf bell-ringer, and a beautiful woman called Esmerelda, Hollander would play the Hunchback himself. They are currently seeking for foreign production partners.

   'MERMAID & MRS HANCOCK'
TO BE TURNED INTO TV SERIES BY WHITE QUEEN PRODUCERS
The writer got a six digit advance for this one!
Another epic series we can expect is the adaptation of Imogen Hermes Gowar's THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK. Playground Entertainment (Wolf Hall, White Queen) has bought the rights on the 1785 London set novel which follows Jonah Hancock, a prosperous merchant and widower, whose Captain returns having sold Hancock’s ship and cargo in exchange for an extraordinary creature; a mermaid. This mermaid becomes the subject of great curiosity and forges an encounter between Hancock and the desirable courtesan, Angelica Neal. The story describes their intertwined lives. This historical fantasy was sold earlier this year in a race between ten publishing houses for a six number sum.

13 comments:

  1. Dezzy...these sound so good! I hope we get some of them..

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    1. Some of ITV's series usually air later on on PBS :)

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  2. A series on the Hunchback of Notre Dame sounds interesting. I wonder how much material they have for such a thing.

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  3. Oooh, I can't wait to see who they pick as the Tom Jones character! I'll be waiting with baited breath!

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    1. I'm so excited... I hope it is Tom Hiddleston or Richard Madden or maybe even David Oakes! Or Oliver Jackson Cohen! Or Ben Starr!

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    2. We think Dezzy should be a casting director. Movies would be so much more interesting with your picks.

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    3. I will never understand how I'm not already a casting director or a art director in magazines. Or a celebrity stylist :)

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  4. Young and good hearted ? Hum, Tom Jones looks nice and interesting in a baulous century!

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    1. Hope they cast someone really nice in the lead role! The lead star will sell the whole series

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  5. Mammoth Screen and Tom Jones... Sounds like a match made in heaven, Tom Jones being a massive book I was once upon a time made to read or else...

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    1. I went through the very same thing... but it was still better than Samuel Richardson's Pamela....

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