HBO has teamed up with BBC to develop a five-part miniseries called Parade's End set in World War I, and based on a series of four books by British novelist Ford Madox Ford. The series will be directed by Susanna White (Generation Kill) from a script written by Shakespeare In Love scribe Tom Stoppard. the series will star Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall in the lead roles.
The miniseries will tell the story of a "complex and destructive love triangle among a conservative English aristocrat (Cumberbatch), his beautiful but cruel socialite wife (Hall), and a vibrant young suffragette." This sounds like it could be a pretty intense drama, destructive love triangles are never good.
HBO and BBC have solid programming, so I'm sure this will end up being another great miniseries. This series is set to go into production this fall.
Here's the official description of the book:
In creating his acclaimed masterpiece Parade's End, Ford Madox Ford "wanted the Novelist in fact to appear in his really proud position as historian of his own time . . . The 'subject' was the world as it culminated in the war." Published in four parts between 1924 and 1928, his extraordinary novel centers on Christopher Tietjens, an officer and gentleman-"the last English Tory"-and follows him from the secure, orderly world of Edwardian England into the chaotic madness of the First World War. Against the backdrop of a world at war, Ford recounts the complex sexual warfare between Tietjens and his faithless wife Sylvia. A work of truly amazing subtlety and profundity, Parade's End affirms Graham Greene's prediction: "There is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford."
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