Playground Developing Adaptation of ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ Novels for the BBC (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 9/13/2019 | Stewart Clarke
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“Wolf Hall” producer Playground is developing a series for the BBC based on James Fenimore Cooper’s historical series of novels known collectively as the “Leatherstocking Tales,” which includes “The Last of the Mohicans.”

Playground, run by former HBO exec Colin Callender, is working on a pilot script for the project, which is being set up as a returning series. “The Last of the Mohicans” is the second and most famous of Fenimore Cooper’s five-book series and has been adapted for the big screen several times, including the 1992 film by Michael Mann starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

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The stories are set between 1740 and 1806, and chronicle life among Native Americans and white pioneers on the New York State frontier. Their world is on the cusp of change, and the struggle between the British and French to take control of the region forms a high-stakes political backdrop. The novels’ hero is Hawk-Eye, who finds himself drawn into this violent conflict.

The series will be executive produced by Callender and Melissa Gallant for Playground. The BBC previously aired a serialized version of “The Last of the Mohicans” in 1971 that is viewed by many as the most faithful adaptation of the novel to date. It was on Masterpiece Theater in the U.S.

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BAFTA Award winner Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) is writing in collaboration with Joely Proudfit of Native Media Strategies, who will lead a team of Native American consultants lending their expertise to the project.

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