Red Production Company is teaming up with Number 9 Films to develop a TV adaptation of the Henry James novel Portrait Of A Lady, TVWise has learned.
Portrait Of A Lady tells the story of Isabel Archer, who leaves America for Old World Europe, keen to experience all that life has to offer. She rejects a series of marriage proposals from eager but safe lovers for a life of independence, but when she inherits an unexpected fortune, she falls prey to two American ex-pat schemers and is lured into a marriage with unfortunate consequences.
The project, which is Number 9 Films first foray into television, is being envisioned as a long-form project, rather than as a returning series. At present there is no writer or broadcaster, in either the UK or the US, attached. Red Production Company will produce in association with Number 9 Films, with Nicola Shindler, Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley serving as the executive producers. StudioCanal will handle global distribution.
“Elizabeth and Stephen have produced some of the most acclaimed and engaging feature films of recent years and I am delighted to be working with them on their first television project”, said Red Production Company founder Nicola Shindler. “Having been originally published as a monthly serial, and addressing themes of personal freedom, betrayal and modernization, Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady lends itself perfectly to the long-form storytelling that only TV can offer.”
“We have long been admirers of Nicola’s ground breaking work in television. She has built an extraordinary company and creative team that we feel privileged to be collaborating with on our first outing into television”, added Elizabeth Karlsen, Co-Founder of Number 9 Films. “We believe we share a sensibility with Nicola of being drawn towards material with complex and compelling female lead characters, which is one of the defining elements of Portrait of A Lady.”