Les Miserables (1978 TV Movie)
In fact, this suggestion was jokingly put to the star in a recent interview with Yahoo. At first, the actor laughed the idea off, explaining that Logan is not the kind of guy who would start singing and dancing in the middle of one of his movies. When asked if he would be up for the project though, he said:
“No, and nor would Wolverine, I can tell you right now. I think I’ve played him long enough…
You’d think that no one would attempt to top this surely definitive version of the story so soon then, but actually, you’d be wrong. According to industry insider The Knowledge, the BBC is working on a new TV series based on the original 19th century novel written by Victor Hugo. Screenwriter Andrew Davies – whose past credits include House of Cards and Bridget Jones’ Diary (so he’s clearly versatile) – is set to adapt the book, and the hunt for a cast has now begun.
By Ernie Magnotta
Dr. David Banner—physician, scientist…searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then, an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now, when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs.
The creature is driven by rage and is pursued by an investigative reporter. The creature is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. David Banner is believed to be dead. And he must let the world think that he is dead until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.
Kids who grew up in the 1970s remember that narration well. Every Friday night at 9pm (until it
Harvey Weinstein's name had already been removed from the project as an executive producer earlier in the month following multiple sexual harassment allegations, but now BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster's sales arm, has moved to further distance itself from the disgraced mogul's embattled former company by removing it entirely.
TWC, under its Weinstein Television banner, had been a production partner on the adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic, coming from screenwriter Andrew Davies and being produced by Lookout Point,...
One of the earliest scary clown movies, The Man Who Laughs was also an influence on the creation of Batman villain, The Joker...
Clowns, both creepy and, well, slightly less creepy, were lurking about in the shadows for thousands of years before Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise shambled along with those sinister red balloons of his. The Egyptians had them, the Greeks had them, the Romans had them. But in the 17th and 18th centuries, an interesting and telling thing happened.
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During the Middle Ages, the clown and the performing freak were essentially one and the same. The jesters and fools who entertained in the royal courts of Europe were usually attired in flamboyant and garish costumes and makeup, and were often physically deformed in some way. After that, however, the two began to tear themselves apart, with the
BBC Studios is the U.K. public broadcaster’s production arm, which can work with outside parties as well as within the BBC. It has already set up “Good Omens,” a six-part TV comedy based upon the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel, for Amazon and the BBC, and an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” for flagship channel BBC One. It will now look to add to the drama slate with the Follett and Forsyth projects.
Of the two, “Jackdaws” is further along, with a script for the first episode already written by Mick Ford (“The Boy With the Topknot”). Follett’s 2001 novel follows a team of female insurgents in Occupied France in World War II. For TV, it was originally developed as a four-parter for the BBC, but
A one-hour drama series, “AIDS” opens in the early 80’s, when the virus started spreading and causing deaths. It centers on two teams of French and American researchers from the Institut Pasteur in Paris and National Institute of Cancer in the Maryland who embarked on a mission to discover and identify the AIDS virus.
“AIDS” is being developed by Mayane Films’s Georges Benayoun (“Wicker Park,””L’appartement”) and Franck Nouchi, a doctor-turned-journalist who worked for France’s biggest newspaper, “Le Monde,” in the 80’s. The series will be based on true facts and will feature real-life characters within the medical world.
“AIDS is being developed as a suspenseful thriller chronicling the scientific and human adventure filled with clashes, sex
“Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story,” states Davis. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity of doing real justice to Victor Hugo at last by adapting his masterpiece in a six hour version for the BBC, with the same team who made War and Peace.”
“Andrew Davies’ extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Misérables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece”, adds Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC. “BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind War and Peace in this epic tale of redemption and the healing power of love.
The new production is not based on the famed musical, instead writer Andrew Davies is going back to the original novel. He will go deeper into the original story of former convict Jean Valjean and chilling police officer Javert's cat-and-mouse relationship against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said in a statement: "Andrew Davies' extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Miserables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind 'War
The project will be a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One in association with Weinstein Television. Andrew Davies, who also wrote the adaptation for ‘War & Peace’ for the two companies, will write the script based on the novel that depicted French convict Jean Valjean’s struggles to escape his past while being hunted for decades over a parole violation by Inspector Javert.
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“’Les Miserables’ is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a release. “Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story.
Oddly, there are not a lot of great French films on the Revolution, although it certainly seems a ripe subject for an epic. Still, all these are great films, in the spirit of the day. Vive La France!
The great French actor Gerard Depardieu stars as Danton, one of the early leaders of the Revolution but who fell from power as revolutionary leaders became more radical, in this excellent French film from Polish director Andrzej Wajda. It is considered one of the best films on the Revolution, but it was also a covert jab at the
The film tells the story of two hit men (Dexter Fletcher, Max Irons) as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair find a dynamic woman named Annie (Robbie) who may be more involved than they had originally suspected.
This marks Stein's directorial debut following his work as an assistant director on the likes of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "World War Z," "Les Miserables" and "In the Heart of the Sea". Currently in pre-production, with casting still underway for the remaining roles, shooting will take place in Hungary.
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