Over 200 years after its original publication and 22 years after Colin Firth walked out of a lake and into our hearts, a new Pride and Prejudice adaptation has just been announced.
ITV and Mammoth Screen — the production company behind the BBC hit series Poldark — are teaming up to breathe new life into Jane Austen’s timeless classic. While dates and cast are still a mystery, playwright Nina Raine has already signed on to write the script for the new adaptation, which will be her first written for television.
In an interview with Radio Times, Raine expressed a deep admiration for the novel’s wit and “sparkling” prose, and hinted that her version of the story will be darker and potentially grittier than previous takes: “Pride and Prejudice is actually a very adult book, much less bonnet-y than people assume.”
Austen’s signature tale of family, intrigue, love — and of course, pride — continues to captivate audiences, whether in modern novelizations such as Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, or in action-packed parodies such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Mammoth’s current project is certainly the latest take on the story — but hardly the last. According to the project’s managing director, Damien Timmer, “it feels absolutely right to reassess the great classics. Every generation needs its own adaptation of this perfect novel.”
We have to admit we’re excited to see which actors will be cast as our favorite characters, particularly the beloved Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. And bookworms, stay tuned: Mammoth will also be adapting other books to the screen, including H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds and Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence.
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