Harvey Weinstein’s The Weinstein Company has closed a deal to board BBC One’s upcoming 6 episode adaptation of the gargantuan Tolstoy novel War and Peace – which is being hailed as one of the most ambitious dramas ever tackled by the BBC – it was announced today at MIPCOM.
Per the terms of TWC’s deal, the company has taken distribution rights to the drama in the United States, Canada and China, and will serve as a production partner alongside Lookout Point and BBC Worldwide, who have retained distribution rights to War and Peace in all remaining territories. The project, which hails from Mr Selfridge scribe Andrew Davies, was first announced as having received a series commitment by BBC One back in February of this year. BBC Cymru Wales is producing with Faith Penhale, George Ormond, Andrew Davies, Harvey Weinstein and Simon Vaughan serving as executive producers. The series is expected to air on BBC One in 2015
“Needless to say, adapting War and Peace is a tremendous but exciting task”, said Harvey Weinstein. 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.”