BBC is developing a new TV adaptation of ‘The English Patient’

A new version of The English Patient is coming!

Set during the North African/Italian Campaigns of World War II, Michael Ondaatje’s acclaimed novel was published in 1992.

The story was adapted as a movie in 1996 by director Anthony Minghella, with the film receiving 12 nominations at the Oscars and winning nine.

Its incredible cast included Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews, and Colin Firth.

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25 years after the original hit movie, the BBC is working on a new drama mini-series with Miramax Television and Paramount Television Studios.

The scripts are being written by Australian-American poet, novelist and screenwriter Emily Ballou.

Ballou has previously contributed to episodes of Taboo, The Slap, Humans, Case Histories, and Scott & Bailey.

The series is expected to begin filming next year, premiering on BBC One in the UK sometime in 2023.

It’ll be “a new interpretation of Ondaatje’s book, which follows four dissimilar people brought together at an Italian villa during World War II, and not a remake of the 1996 Miramax feature film adaptation,” Deadline reports.

The English Patient follows four dissimilar people brought together at an Italian villa during the Second World War: an unrecognisably burned man — the eponymous patient, presumed to be English; his Canadian Army nurse, a Sikh British Army sapper, and a Canadian thief.

The 1996 movie is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.