Having mined World War II with “Band of the Brothers” and “The Pacific,” HBO is now going the miniseries route in the WWI epic “Parade’s End.”
Five-part mini is based on the series of four novels by U.K. author Ford Madox Ford, whose tomes were released from 1924-28. Ford fought in the 1914-1918 war as an officer in the Welsh Regiment, and the books largely detail his recollections of his experiences.
The BBC is partnering with HBO on the project, with “Shakespeare in Love” screenwriter Tom Stoppard adapting the novels. Susanna White, who helmed the pay cabler’s Iraq War mini “Generation Kill,” is on board to direct.
Brit thesps Benedict Cumberbatch, who has a long list of TV credits in the U.K., and Rebecca Hall are set to topline.
Production is scheduled to begin later this year. Selwyn Roberts and David Parfit are producing.