Magazine article Screen International

Wild Bunch TV Boards Sales on Michael Hirst's 'Doctor Zhivago' Adaptation

Magazine article Screen International

Wild Bunch TV Boards Sales on Michael Hirst's 'Doctor Zhivago' Adaptation

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Joint venture between Hartswood Films, Bryncoed Productions will resonate with contemporary events.

Wild Bunch TV has boarded sales on Michael Hirst’s upcoming eight-part adaptation of Nobel prize winner Boris Pasternak’s classic tale of love, war and revolution, Doctor Zhivago, ahead of MIPTV.

The series is a joint venture between two of the UK’s hottest TV production companies. Beryl Vertue and Sue Vertue at Hartswood Films (Sherlock, Dracula) are producing in association with Foz Allan’s Bryncoed Productions (Robin Hood, Jekyll & Hyde).

Set in the period between the First World War and Russia’s post-revolutionary civil war (1917-1922), the epic romance follows the trajectory of a doctor whose life is caught up the momentous events of the time.

Hirst, creator of Emmy award-winning TV series Vikings and The Tudors as well as the BAFTA and Academy Award winning movie Elizabeth, said the series would widen the scope of David Lean’s 1966 big screen adaptation of the original novel, giving it resonance with contemporary events. …

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