The Weinstein Co. is poised to expand its geographical footprint across Europe with “War and Peace,” an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel.
The U.S. powerhouse is set to co-develop and co-produce the six-part show with Look Out Point and BBC Worldwide.
“War and Peace” is penned by Andrew Davis, whose credits include such popular literary adaptation “Pride and Prejudice” and “House of Cards.” Set at the beginning of the 19th century, the serial depicts the French invasion of Russia through the eyes of five aristocratic families. First published in 1868, the novel is, along with “Anna Karenina,” one of Tolstoy’s most acclaimed works.
The sprawling six-parter fits right into The Weinstein Company’s drama slate, which already boasts “Marco Polo,” among other upscale skeins. Boarding “War and Peace” also allows TWC to strengthen its presence in the international TV drama landscape.
“Needless to say, adapting ‘War and Peace” is a tremendous but exciting task. There’s no one I’d rather be partnering with than Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan and the BBC’s Ben Stephenson and Faith Penhale on this production, whose incredible visions are second to none in bringing classic literature to the screen in the most sophisticated way possible.”
Back in February, BBC One controller Danny Cohen described “War and Peace” as “a thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life. The characters are so natural and human and easy to identify with and Natasha Rostova just beats Lizzy Bennet as the most lovable heroine in literature.”
Show, due to roll out on BBC One in 2015, is being exec produced by BBC Wales’s Penhale and George Ormond, Davis, Look Out Point’s Vaughan and Weinstein.