October 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM
‘Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell’ coming to (small) screen
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.