“Les Mis” is coming to our televisions, but it’s not the “Les Mis” you think

When we hear the words Les Mis we immediately think of the famous Broadway musical. More than likely, we’ll also start to hum some of the catchier tunes. But what we don’t always remember is that the musical is based on a novel by Victor Hugo—and an adaptation of that novel (and not the musical) is coming soon to our televisions, thanks to the BBC and Weinstein Co.

The six-part miniseries event will be written by Andrew Davies, who is best known for having written Bridget Jones’ Diary, along with the BBC adaptation of War & Peace that proceeded this one. (It seems BBC is on quite the literary adaptation kick.) This will be the first English-language adaption of the novel in sixteen years! That’s a long time to go without a remake in today’s remake-obsessed culture.

Davies said in an official statement:

Producer and Hollywood legend Harvey Weinstein added:

It’s clear the men behind the remake have a lot of respect for each other and the source material. War & Peace was gorgeous filmmaking. We cannot wait to see what they do with Les Miserables!

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