Playground (“Wolf Hall,” “Howard’s End,” “The Spanish Princess”) is developing a TV series adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel series “Leatherstocking Tales”.
If that doesn’t sound familiar, the second of the series’ five novels will – “The Last of the Mohicans”. Several adaptations of the work have already taken place including the most well-known version with Michael Mann’s 1992 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeline Stowe.
Playground is working on a pilot script for the project which is being set up as an ongoing series rather than a limited/event series affair. The BBC previously adapted the tale into a 1971 serial which is widely considered the most faithful adaptation of the novel to date.
Set between 1740 and 1806, the stories chronicle life among Native Americans and white pioneers on the New York State frontier and a man known as Hawk-Eye. The world is on the cusp of change, and the struggle between the British and French to take control of the region forms a high-stakes political backdrop.
Colin Callender and Melissa Gallant will executive produce while BAFTA Award winner Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) is writing in collaboration with Joely Proudfit. A team of Native American consultants will lend their expertise to the project.
The news comes as a podcast titled ‘The Last (12 Minutes) of the Mohicans’ recently launched from the talented maker of “One Heat Minute” and can be heard here.