Scarlett Johansson to Star in TV Series Based on One of the Inspirations for ‘Downton Abbey’

Oct 8, 2014  •  Post A Comment

“Sony Pictures TV is bringing together one of the biggest movie stars, Scarlett Johansson, and the work of one of the most celebrated American novelists, the Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton (‘Age of Innocence’), for a limited series project that is about to hit the marketplace,” reports our good friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

Andreeva notes that the novel, written by Wharton in 1913, is “The Custom of the Country,’ and that it “has had great influence, with Julian Fellowes citing it as an inspiration for his work including his hit drama series ‘Downton Abbey.’”

Andreeva says the limited series — likely 8 episodes — will be sold to a basic or premium cable network.

The article also says that the series “will be written by British playwright-screenwriter Christopher Hampton (‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ ‘Atonement’) from his original screenplay. Hampton originally wrote a feature script adaptation of ‘Custom of the Country’ almost two decades ago, reportedly for Michelle Pfeiffer.”

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