Universal’s 2012 ‘Les Miserables‘ adaptation may have been the talk of the town, but with no sequel potential, why not go the modern TV series route? A surprising new report suggests that ‘Veronica Mars‘ creator Rob Thomas and actor-writer Graham Norris have partnered with FOX to develop a modern adaptation of the iconic musical and Victor Hugo novel, but is it less insane than that sounds?
According to Deadline, the untitled project has a script commitment with penalty at FOX, and will follow a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who attempts to evade consequences of his own wrongful conviction years earlier. The lawyer must navigate high society, continue his mission of saving innocents, and deal with a tumultuous family and romantic life while staying a step ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who continually pursues him.
Thomas will executive produce the modern ‘Les Miserables’ with fellow ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Party Down’ collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge, while Norris will serve as supervising producer. Currently, Thomas maintains duties on the long-awaited ‘Veronica Mars’ movie.
Granted this won’t be the first time TV pens a modern adaptation of a classic tale but what say you? Could ‘Les Miserables’ work as a modern concept for a drama series?