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Weinstein Company Partners with BBC for Six-Hour 'War and Peace' Mini-Series

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 14, 2013 at 12:33PM

International TV co-productions are on the rise. The Weinstein Company has made a "major deal" to partner on the BBC's upcoming mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace."
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Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Even film lover Harvey Weinstein does television, from "Project Runway" to the latest announcement in a growing trend: International TV co-productions. The Weinstein Company has made a "major deal" to partner on the BBC's upcoming mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." It will be six hour-long episodes -- eight 44-minute episodes for international broadcast -- and shooting for an air date on BBC One in 2015.

Andrew Davies ("House of Cards") is penning the script. Per THR, Harvey Weinstein has called the project "tremendous but exciting." No kidding. Tolstoy's tome is nearly 1500 pages.

The story will remain in its original era and setting, 19th century Russia, with an expected focus on the human interactions and conflicts of the novel, as opposed to the philosophical elements.

This isn't the first time the BBC has taken on Tolstoy's classic. Anthony Hopkins starred in "War and Peace" for the network from 1972-74.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.