Premium cable channel Starz announced that it has ordered a series inspired by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s scandalous 18th century novel “Les Liaisons dangereuses,” or what is more commonly known to English-speaking audiences as “Dangerous Liaisons.”
The new series will be written and reimagined by “Call the Midwife’s” Harriet Warner, who will also serve as showrunner. It will be executive produced by Colin Callender, Tony Krantz, Bethan Jones, Scott Huff and Christopher Hampton. Hampton wrote both the 1985 stage adaptation that starred Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman and the 1988 film version with Glenn Close and John Malcovich as the leads.
The series will be a prequel to the book and focuses on scheming and meddling lead characters Merteuil and Valmont. The show will be told from the perspective of Merteuil.
The “Dangerous Liaisons” news was announced during Starz’s press day at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California.
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