One of the most famous literary works in history will be presented on multiple channels by A+E Networks. The cable group announced plans today for “War & Peace,” which the company says will present the famed Tolstoy novel “reimagined for a new generation.”
Lifetime, A&E and History will join forces to present the limited series, which premieres Jan. 18. The production will unspool over four weeks, with a cast led by Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Gillian Anderson.
The series will air Mondays from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.
“A thrilling tale of love, war, and family, ‘War and Peace’ is widely considered the greatest novel ever written,” A+E says in its announcement. “Set against in the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, ‘War & Peace’ is the ultimate story of passion and romance, scandal and deceit, following the rise and fall of fortunes of five aristocratic families — the Bezukhovs, Bolkonskys, Rostovs, Kuragins, and Drubetskoys — all jockeying for top position in the waning days of imperial Russia.”
The project is produced by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company, BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point and Lifetime. It was written by Emmy and BAFTA winner Andrew Davies (“House of Cards”) and directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Harper (“Peaky Blinders”).