Remember Susanna Clarke’s 2004 novel “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell,” about a pair of magicians in 19th-century England? (I remember it, and meant to read it, but never did; maybe it’s time now?) Back then, there was lots of talk about a feature-film version; New Line Cinema acquired the rights in 2005, and both Christopher Hampton and Julian Fellowes worked on the screenplay — but it all seemed to collapse upon the demise of New Line several years ago. Now the book has found a home with the BBC, with a miniseries version to begin shooting next week. Bertie Carvel, a regular on British stage and television (he played Ashwell in “The Crimson Petal and the White”), will play Jonathan Strange; Eddie Marsan (Inspector Lestrade in the “Sherlock Holmes” movies) will be Mr. Norell. Probably airing next year sometime? I”ll keep an eye out for more details.
October 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM