A&E, History and Lifetime have taken the U.S. broadcast rights to BBC One’s upcoming adaptation of the Tolstoy classic War & Peace – starring, amongst others, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson and Rebecca Front – after reaching a deal with the series’ North American distributor The Weinstein Company.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time , War & Peace follows five aristocratic families in 19th century Russia – a time when Alexander I was still Tsar and the French were invading Russian territory. The adaptation has been hailed as the BBC’s most ambitious project to date, without serious investment from the British public broadcaster.
The six part event series features a gargantuan cast which, in addition to Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and Rebecca Front, also includes Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Kenneth Cranham, Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, Callum Turner, Jessie Buckley, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson, Greta Scacchi, Jack Lowden, Tom Burke and Aisling Lotus.
Eyed for a late 2015 premiere on BBC One in the UK, the adaptation was penned by Mr Selfridge scribe Andrew Davies and is being produced by BBC Cymru Wales, Lookout Point, BBC Worldwide and Harvey Weinstein’s The Weinstein Company. Faith Penhale, Bethan Jones, Andrew Davies, Harvey Weinstein, Robert Walak and Simon Vaughan serve as executive producers.
The announcement of the acquisition of War & Peace was made today at the annual Upfront presentation for A+E Networks’ cable operations, which includes A&E, History and Lifetime. It follows on from today’s greenlight for a remake of iconic 1970s miniseries Roots, which like War & Peace will be simulcast across all three networks in 2016.