“The Count of Monte Cristo” is getting reinvented on television, as Spike TV plans to develop the series for its upcoming slate. Read on for more details about this news story.
Variety was first to report that Spike TV, through its parent company Warner Bros, has received the rights to develop Alexandre Dumas’ classic story of “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
The said project will be handled by City Entertainment under Joshua D. Mauer, which produced the short-lived, but critically acclaimed series “Rubicon” for AMC. The show has already enlisted Ian Shorr (“Splinter”) as its head writer, with Kevin McCormick (“Gangster Squad”) serving as one of the producers. This will be a re-teaming of Shorr and McCormick, who both worked together in the movie “Substitution.” The group is on the hunt for the show’s director as of press time.
Meanwhile, Deadline reported that “The Count of Monte Cristo” is still in its development stages, and the people involved have yet to determine whether this will be a miniseries or a one-off limited event. Spike TV already has a special event series under its wing, with the production of “Tut” starring Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia. The show, which will mark the cable network’s return to scripted programming, is expected to premiere in 2015.
“The Count of Monte Cristo” is a well-loved literally classic that has been adapted in the movies and on television countless of times and has been recently compared to the ABC series “Revenge.” First released as a novel in 1844, the Spike TV project is said to be a contemporary take, supplemented with political twists, action and suspense.
“The Count of Monte Cristo” tells the story of a young man who was wrongly accused of a crime that lead to his imprisonment. But when he escaped, he transformed himself into this count and then sought revenge by destroying all of his enemies one by one.
In 2002, “The Count of Monte Cristo” movie was released by Spyglass Films under the Disney banner, which starred Oscar winner Jim Caviezel, Richard Harris and Guy Pearce.
And that’s the news about “The Count of Monte Cristo,” which will get a modern adaptation on Spike TV soon. Follow more news about television only her on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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