The BBC is reportedly in early development of a TV event series adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel “The English Patient”.
Emily Ballou (“Run,” “Taboo”) pens the new take which will be co-produced by Miramax Television and Paramount Television Studios.
The series is said to be a new interpretation of Ondaatje’s 1992 novel which follows four dissimilar people brought together at an Italian villa during World War II – an unrecognisably burned man, his Canadian Army nurse, a Sikh British Army sapper and a Canadian thief.
The book is told out of sequence and moves back and forth between the patient’s memories before his accident and the current events at the bomb-damaged Italian monastery.
This version is expected to be quite different in tone and more ensemble in approach than Anthony Minghella’s 1996 Miramax feature film which won a Best Picture Oscar.
This is one of several Miramax properties getting reimagined or remade as TV series including Guillermo del Toro’s “Mimic,” Guy Ritchie’s “The Gentlemen,” and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” which will star Justin Timberlake.