BBC Developing A Reimagining Of 'The English Patient' As A TV Series

In the current era of remakes, reimaginings, and reboots, it’s hardly shocking when we hear that a new version of an existing IP is being made. But when a studio is reportedly reimagining “The English Patient,” as a new TV series, it’s understandable to sit back and ask why?

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According to Deadline, the BBC is working on a reimagining of “The English Patient,” as a prestige limited series. The show is in the early stages of development with writer Emily Ballou attached. She’s probably best known as a writer for series such as “Run” and “Taboo.” However, those worried the series is going to be a straight remake of the 1996 Oscar-winning film, it’s going to be okay. Apparently, the BBC is interested in going back to the 1992 novel from author Michael Ondaatje for inspiration. For those unaware, “The English Patient” tells the story of a group of people at an Italian villa during World War II and how they all relate to a bandaged burn victim.

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It makes sense that the BBC wouldn’t be interested in trying to remake the 1996 film adaptation. That film won nine Oscars after its release and obviously was universally adored by critics. So, either the BBC thinks there’s fertile ground in the novel that could be covered in an extended series, or, in a cynical view, this is just another attempt to take a beloved IP and repackaging it for a new audience?

Regardless, it appears a new version of “The English Patient” is heading to TV screens in the future. However, it’s still in the early stages of development, so fans still have plenty of time to reckon with that news.