A+E Studios and ITV Studios America in association with Groundswell Productions have announced “The Great Gatsby,” a single season dramatic event series with a pilot script by writer and executive producer Michael Hirst (“Vikings,” “The Tudors”) and Michael London (“Sideways”, “Milk”).
The logline: A re-imagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, “The Great Gatsby” dramatizes for the first time the full expanse of what made the book an American classic by creating a rich history and exploration of the backstories of its larger than life characters: from Nick Carroway’s life in the Midwest and Jay Gatsby’s humble beginnings to Daisy Buchanan’s spoiled early life. “The Great Gatsby” digs deeply into the hidden lives of these characters through the modern lens of a fractured American dream while capturing the full majesty of Fitzgerald’s grand, timeless vision.
“There are few stories in the pantheon of American literature that transcend time like ‘The Great Gatsby,'” said Barry Jossen, President and Head of A+E Studios. “Along with our partners at ITV Studios America and Groundswell Productions, A+E Studios is privileged to bring this powerful, complex work to life under the watchful eye of the incomparable Michael Hirst and the blessing of Fitzgerald family member Blake Hazard. As evidenced by his series bible, Michael stays true to Fitzgerald’s novel while building on that legacy with a modern vision that will be more reflective of America both then and now, including an enhanced exploration of the female characters. We are currently searching for a director and are excited to bring this out to the market.”