If you are still mourning the loss of Downton Abbey—and Netflix’s The Crown hasn’t filled that particular period-drama, class-relations void for you—then, boy, do BBC and Starz have exciting news for you.
On Wednesday, both parties announced that they were adapting Howards End—the 1910 E.M. Forster novel that was made into a critically acclaimed 1992 feature film starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Vanessa Redgrave—into a lavish, four-part television series.
Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea scribe Kenneth Lonergan will write the limited series and, according to Deadline, the project has already been cast. Haley Atwell (Captain America) will play Margaret Schlegel, the role for which Thompson won an Oscar. Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) will play Henry Wilcox, the role played by Hopkins. And Tracey Ullman will play Aunt Juley Mund, the character played by Redgrave.
Although you, like some Twitter users, might be a bit surprised to hear that Hollywood is dusting off another well-known entertainment entity for a reboot, know that critics did kinda precipitate this adaptation when they reviewed the film’s restoration last year.
“Re-released in a sparkling new 4K restoration that dazzled audiences at its Cannes debut,” the Los Angeles Times wrote, “this landmark example of a movie of passion, taste, and sensitivity that honestly touches every emotion has not only not dated, it is as moving and relevant as it was the day of its 1992 release.”
For those unfamiliar with the story, Howards End examines the social and class divisions of turn-of-the-century England through the eyes of three families in different socioeconomic tiers.