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Remake of 'Dangerous Liaisons' on BBC


The French literary classic will be re-adapted by writer who won an Oscar for the screenplay of the 1988 Hollywood movie based on the book.

DANGEROUS Liaisons, the saucy epistolary novel penned in 1782 by French author Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, will once again be adapted for the screen, this time in a BBC drama series, reports.

The scandalous story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont is on its way to TV in a new version written by Christoper Hampton. The author is already thoroughly acquainted with Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which he adapted into a play and a film script in the 1980s.

Stephen Frears turned Hampton's screenplay into the 1988 feature Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich in the roles of the two libertine aristocrats who challenge one another to a cruel and titillating bet. The film earned Hampton the Oscar for the best adapted screenplay.

The new TV adaptation will be based on Laclos' original novel but will also incorporate other characters from 18th century libertine literature.

This tale of seduction, betrayal and revenge has been reinterpreted for the screen countless times through the years. Frears, Roger Vadim and Milos Forman are among the directors who have reimagined this French literary classic for cinema, in films starring Jeanne Moreau, Gerard Philipe, Annette Bening and Colin Firth.

While the BBC project marks the first direct adaptation of the novel for English-language TV, Les Liaisons Dangereuses inspired a 2003 French mini-series, directed by Jose Dayan and starring Catherine Deneuve and Rupert Everett. – AFP Relaxnews

CW to reboot Romero's 'Tales From The Darkside'


The updated 1980s horror TV series is slated to air next summer.

THE network CW is preparing to revive the 1980s horror anthology series directed by George Romero, The Hollywood Reporter informs.

After confirming his reputation as a master of the horror genre with Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead, Romero collaborated with Stephen King on the anthology horror film Creepshow, which was then adapted into the TV series Tales From The Darkside.

From 1983 to 1988, the series told 90 short, standalone stories on gruesome and creepy themes, in the same manner as Tales From The Crypt, which premiered a few years later on HBO. The plots of each episode, combining fantasy, science-fiction and horror, were often inspired by short stories by authors specialising in these genres, including King.

Thirty years later, CW is updating the concept through a series scheduled to air in summer 2014. The reboot will be written by horror novelist Joe Hill (Stephen King's son) and produced by J.J. Abrams' frequent collaborators Alex Kurztman and Roberto Orci.

The trio collaborated in the past to adapt Hill's comic book Lock & Key into a series for Fox. The adaptation will ultimately take the form of a film instead, with support from Universal Pictures. – AFP Relaxnews

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