It’s been confirmed that the new TV adaptation of Les Misérables will begin filming early next year.
The team behind 2016’s acclaimed War and Peace mini-series is bringing Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic to the BBC, with award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Mr Selfridge) writing the scripts.
The “lengthy shoot” for the six 60-minute episodes will take place mostly in Belgium, which features the perfect architecture for the story.
The production will also include a brief stint of filming in northern France.
First published in 1862, the novel tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict unable to escape the shadow of his past life, and his relentless pursuit by the chilling police officer Javert.
Unlike 2012’s movie adaptation of Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, the BBC’s interpretation will not be based on the 1980 musical.
The executive producer of the mini-series previously commented that it will be “modern and yet respectful.”