The BBC is developing a new drama series take on “Dangerous Liaisons”.
Christopher Hampton adapted Choderlos de Laclos’ classic 18th century novel into a Tony-nominated play which he then turned into the Oscar winning 1988 film starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Now, Hampton is back for this small screen take which he’ll pen and will produce along with Tony Krantz and Colin Callender. This version, however, will be quite different as Hampton won’t incorporate anything from his previous stage or movie adaptations.
Instead, he’s going back to the original “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” novel and will utilise both it and other novels from the same 18th century French libertine literary movement which came to an end with the French Revolution.
The original tale followed two French aristocratic ex-lovers and bitter rivals who use sex as a weapon to humiliate others for their own enjoyment. Once Hampton finishes the script, the project is expected to be shopped around U.S. networks.
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