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British thespian and otter doppelgänger Benedict Cumberbatch will executive produce and star in an adaptation of The Patrick Melrose Novels, a five-book series of semi-autobiographical tales about author Edward St. Aubyn’s traumatic childhood, heroin abuse and recovery as an adult. Melrose, the five-part limited series, will air on Showtime with Far From The Madding Crowd writer David Nicholls adapting and directing.
In 2013, Cumberbatch did a Reddit AMA in which he was asked, “if you could choose to be any other literary character in an upcoming role who would it be and why?” He responded, “Patrick Melrose” but never answered the why, leaving Reddit user dayofthedead204 to twist in the wind.
Since Sherlock may have aired its final season, and Cumberbatch is only attached or working on seven feature films (according to his IMDb page), he’s also producing another TV adaptation, this time for PBS’ Masterpiece. Author Ian McEwan’s The Child In Time will star Cumberbatch as a children’s writer mourning the loss of his daughter.
“I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful and very moving,” Cumberbatch said. “Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty.”
Both productions come under the banner of Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch, which he launched in 2013. So far, the company has only produced a short film called Little Favour, but has a number of projects in the works.
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