Netflix in talks for Dickens adaptation

Netflix is in talks with UK broadcaster Channel 4 to co-produce an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities.

The streaming giant has previously partnered with Channel 4 on comedy drama series Derek, created by and starring Ricky Gervais, taking rights outside the UK.

Alan Bleasdale, who adapted Dickens’ Oliver Twist for PBS and ITV in the late 1990s, is scripting the adaptation of A Tale Of Two Cities. Independent producer Mammoth Screen, which has credits including BBC/HBO miniseries Parade’s End, is producing for Channel 4.

BBC Worldwide has international rights to A Tale Of Two Cities, and is working with Channel 4 to find a US partner.

Earlier this year, Netflix commissioned The Crown, a biopic of Queen Elizabeth II, based on Peter Morgan’s play The Audience. Left Bank Pictures and Stephen Daldry are working on the series.