“Peaky Blinders” and “Taboo” executive producers Steven Knight and Tom Hardy are re-teaming for a new three-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for BBC One.
Speaking with Collider, Knight says the project is largely done in terms of the script which comes in the form of three one-hour episodes which aims to shoot this year and be ready to air at Christmas. Hardy will have a pivotal role in the project but Knight wouldn’t say which one.
He also says: “It’s BBC plus an American element which has not been announced yet” suggesting a potential streaming service release outside the UK. Knight also confirmed this is the first in a series of Dickens adaptations he hopes to make, though the others would be longer:
“What I’m planning to do is adapt five Dickens books – A Christmas Carol plus four novels – and do it over a period of six or seven years and have a repertory of actors, and I think we’ll get the best actors in the world, hopefully, to take part because the Dickens characters are so great. And just do like [David] Copperfield and Oliver Twist and Great Expectations and do them in a modern way. Not really in a Taboo way, but sort of like that.”
Knight also hopes to make “David Copperfield” next.