BBC-Backed Lookout Point Options John Updike’s ‘Rabbit’ Novels

BBC Worldwide-backed producer Lookout Point has secured the rights to John Updike’s “Rabbit” novels, with “Bridget Jones’s Diary” scribe Andrew Davies set to adapt the series of books for TV.

No co-production or channel partners have been announced. The “Rabbit” books follow Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, who, fearing his best days are behind him, runs away from his wife and family in an attempt to recapture his youth. A 1970 film adaptation starred James Caan in the lead role.

“As a young man, I read ‘Rabbit, Run’ when it came out and thought: Gosh, this is what life is all about,” Davies said. “I have hoped for a long time to adapt Updike’s novels and I’m thrilled to embark on this journey now.”

Faith Penhale, joint CEO and creative director of Lookout Point, added: “It is a huge honor to have won the rights and the support from the Updike estate to bring these incredible novels to life for television.”

BBC Worldwide will distribute the series.

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