Knight and Hardy re-team for Dickens classic

The adaptation is the second in a planned series of Dickens adaptations from the creator of Peaky Blinders

Steven Knight and Tom Hardy are set to collaborate on a second Dickens classic, Great Expectations.

The adaptation follows last year’s A Christmas Carol, which filmed in the UK, and will once again be penned by Knight.

Knight will also executive produce Great Expectations as a 6 x 60, alongside Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi for the BBC - the team behind A Christmas Carol - with Marina Brackenbury as co-executive producer.

Great Expectations will be produced by FX Productions in association with the BBC, Scott Free and Hardy Son & Baker.

Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of an orphan nicknamed Pip. Dickens first released it in a series of weekly chapters, beginning in December 1860, before it was published as a novel.

Knight said: "Adapting Dickens’ work is a delight. I chose Great Expectations as the next work to bring to the screen not just because of the timeless characters, but also because of the very timely story.

“A story of class mobility and class intransigence, told through an intensely emotional and personal first-person narrative. As the son of a Blacksmith myself, Pip’s journey from the forge into society is a very special one to me.”


Knight and Hardy re-team for Dickens classic
Steven Knight via BBC
Knight and Hardy re-team for Dickens classic
Steven Knight via BBC

Steven Knight and Tom Hardy are set to collaborate on a second Dickens classic, Great Expectations.

The adaptation follows last year’s A Christmas Carol, which filmed in the UK, and will once again be penned by Knight.

Knight will also executive produce Great Expectations as a 6 x 60, alongside Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi for the BBC - the team behind A Christmas Carol - with Marina Brackenbury as co-executive producer.

Great Expectations will be produced by FX Productions in association with the BBC, Scott Free and Hardy Son & Baker.

Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of an orphan nicknamed Pip. Dickens first released it in a series of weekly chapters, beginning in December 1860, before it was published as a novel.

Knight said: "Adapting Dickens’ work is a delight. I chose Great Expectations as the next work to bring to the screen not just because of the timeless characters, but also because of the very timely story.

“A story of class mobility and class intransigence, told through an intensely emotional and personal first-person narrative. As the son of a Blacksmith myself, Pip’s journey from the forge into society is a very special one to me.”


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