"Howard's End," the E.M. Forster's classic novel, as well as one of the most highly acclaimed films of the 1990s, is set to be adapted into a mini-series for the BBC.
Veteran producer Colin Callender is spearheading the adaptation after acquiring the rights to the novel for his Playground Entertainment studio. Callender is currently on the hunt for a writer to adapt the Forster classic (no small task), and will serve as executive producer on the mini-series with Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and David A. Stern. Callender has some experience in adapting classic novels into award winning mini-series, with his 1982 adaptation of Charles Dickens' "The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby" taking home an Emmy for best limited series. He also serves as executive producer on two upcoming series: NBC's "Dracula" and the Starz' period drama "The White Queen."
Originally published in 1910, the book delves into the social and class struggles endemic to turn of the century England. The story revolves around three families: the wealthy capitalist Wilcoxes, the bourgeoisie Schlegels, and the lower class Bast family. The Merchant Ivory film adaptation in 1992 starred Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, who earned an Academy Award for her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel.
The prospect of not only adapting a literary classic but also following in the footsteps of a widely acclaimed film adaptation seems pretty daunting. How do you think the new mini-series will fare?