Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott and Stephen Knight are teaming up to produce an adaptation of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol for BBC One. The trio came together last year to produce Taboo, the grimy period drama starring Hardy as a mysterious man grunting and stomping his way around 1810s London on a violent mission to rebuild his dead father's shipping empire.
Originally published in 1843, A Christmas Carol tells the story of the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge, who on Christmas is visited by the ghosts of his one-time business partner Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Scrooge's supernatural encounter encourages him to become charitable and kind, a message that still resounds over a century-and-a-half later.
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The Wrap reports that the immortal A Christmas Carol and its message of the true meaning of Christmas is coming back to BBC One, from Stephen Knight, Tom Hardy's Hardy Son & Baker and Ridley Scott's Scott Free. The trio plans to adapt several Dickens novels for the network, with A Christmas Carol airing first in 2019.
There is no word yet on whether Hardy plans to star in any of the planned Dickens adaptations himself, though he certainly would be a good fit in that world (he could just re-purpose his Taboo costumes), and might even make an interesting Ebeneezer Scrooge. Hardy said of A Christmas Carol:
“‘A Christmas Carol’ is a fabulous magical piece of theatre and an embarrassment of riches for our creative team – from character all the way through to design. Here’s to having a lot of intricate and wonderful fun. We feel very lucky.”
A Christmas Carol was first adapted as a stage play almost immediately after the book's publication, becoming a staple of the Victorian theater. The story has been adapted multiple times by the movies, most notably as Scrooge in 1951 with Alistair Sim as the title character. A Disney-fied version of the story was released in 1983 as Mickey's Christmas Carol, and the Muppets also did their take in 1992's A Muppet Christmas Carol. Bill Murray took a memorable (and failed) swing at the story in 1988's Scrooged, where Scrooge was recast as a jerky TV executive. An animated version was released in 2009 with Jim Carrey as the voice of Scrooge. Dickens was mashed up with Batman in the acclaimed 2011 graphic novel Batman: Noel, where Batman took on the role of Scrooge.
With the team behind Peaky Blinders and Taboo adapting Dickens, the result is sure to be something relatively traditional but handsomely mounted and rich in detail. A Christmas Carol is one of the most iconic of all stories, and the 1951 version has become a holiday staple along with It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated version) and of course Die Hard.
Source: The Wrap