The Weinstein Company is no longer a partner on the TV adaptation of “Les Miserables” after BBC Worldwide distanced itself from the company and disgraced founder Harvey Weinstein, Variety has confirmed.
TWC was a production partner on the project and had distribution rights in the U.S. and China and an option in Canada, a model similar to that employed for the TV adaptation of “War and Peace.”
Harvey Weinstein had already been removed as an executive producer on “Les Miserables” after the multiple allegations against him of sexual abuse and harassment surfaced earlier this month. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has now informed TWC that the production and distribution agreement between them is also no longer in place.
TWC co-produced “War and Peace,” which was adapted by Andrew Davies, with BBC Wales; Lookout Point, a U.K. production company backed by BBC Worldwide; and BBC Worldwide itself. “War and Peace” aired on the BBC in the U.K., and was sold to A+E Networks in the U.S., a deal brokered by TWC.
Last year, the same team came together for “Les Miserables,” a six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th-century classic novel. The series is being produced by BBC Studios and Lookout Point for flagship channel BBC One, initially in association with Weinstein Television. When the project was announced, Weinstein called the collaboration “a new paradigm in the telling of classics – they’re modern and yet respectful.”
Now, with TWC and Weinstein Television out of the picture, BBC Worldwide is expected to handle U.S. and China distribution of the series itself. There is not yet a deal in place for the show in either territory.
Neither the BBC or BBC Worldwide has any other current projects involving Weinstein or TWC. Worldwide declined to comment on “Les Miserables.”