Interviews Television War And Peace

THE TELEGRAPH – When it was last on television, it took an epic 20 episodes to tell the sprawling story of love, family and Napoleonic war in Tolstoy’s Russia.

The BBC’s latest version, more than four decades on, has enlisted Lily James, Andrew Davies and a cast of hundreds to convince a new generation that War and Peace is for them in just six hours.

The BBC aims to broadcast the “definitive” War and Peace for the 21st century, executives said, as they unveil the first-look images from their far-from-cosy new period drama.

It will aim to encapsulate Tolstoy’s magnum opus in a six-part adaption that will showcase the “humour, energy, light and love” of the original story, while syphoning off the philosophical musings.

First announced in the Telegraph two years ago, prospective fans can now get their first glimpse of the drama with new images of Natasha Rostova, played by Lily James, Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov and James Norton as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky.

Executives hope the adaptation, by “master” of the genre Andrew Davies, will convince a new generation that War and Peace is not a daunting, dry book to be consigned to history, but full of the modern-day dilemmas affecting teenagers through time.

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‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is featured in the September issue of Empire magazine, with a new look at Lily as Elizabeth Bennet.

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DAILY DEAD – On February 5th, manners will meet the macabre in Screen Gems’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel of the same name. At Comic-Con last week, Daily Dead participated in roundtable interviews with the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies director and cast, who discussed the film’s physicality, investable characters, formidable zombies, and much more.

Writer/director Burr Steers on his vision for the film:
Burr Steers: It was actually something I knew was out there because a lot of people had taken shots at trying to get it made. I looked at it and had a take on it that I was really confident would work. I went in there and rewrote it, and made it happen.

I saw it in my mind the way you’d approach a play. We’d set up this alternate world where there’s a zombie pandemic that had taken place about 70 years earlier, and everyone had grown up with that element in their lives. Create that world and then stage Pride and Prejudice in that world. In the way that if you were doing Richard III, you might set it up in Germany, to bring something new out of it.

It really was about style coming out of substance and to have you invested in these characters so that when they’re at risk, you really are worried about them. The risk seems real and it’s not cheesy—zombies are dangerous.

Steers on the influence of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend:
Burr Steers: From a literary standpoint, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend was a big template for me, and the idea that they [the zombies] were still retaining some of who they were as people, that there’s a brain working there. It’s not just some mindless thing walking around waiting to get decapitated. They’re more formidable. Also, now they’re getting to the point where they can pass, and they don’t view themselves as monsters. They view themselves as a competing race with the human race, that was more interesting to me. There is so much in I Am Legend. For all the film versions of it, I don’t think it’s ever been filmed.

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