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EXCLUSIVE: Miramax’s high-profile TV series remake of Robert Altmann’s Prêt-à-Porter has shifted development from Paramount+ to the BBC.
Deadline understands the project from The Great writer Ava Pickett is now in early-stage development with the British public broadcaster and Paramount+ is no longer involved. The BBC project is in its early stages and hasn’t yet set cast.
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Titled Ready to Wear in the U.S., Altmann’s Prêt-à-Porter celebrates its 30th anniversary next year and the movie featured an ensemble cast including Sophia Loren, Kim Basinger, Lauren Bacall, Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins, Forest Whitaker, Katarzyna Figura, Anouk Aimée, François Cluzet, Marcello Mastroianni and Tracey Ullman. The Miramax-distributed film chronicled the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead-up to the Paris Fashion Week, where models, designers, reporters and fashion editors gather to present next year’s trends.
The BBC version is understood to be seeking an up-and-coming diverse cast in a similar vein to the same broadcaster’s Industry, which is co-produced with HBO and stars Myha’la Herrold and Marisa Abela. If greenlit, it will be one of the highest-profile projects on the BBC drama slate.
Miramax’s TV studio focuses on mining the distributor’s movie library and adapting for the small screen. The outfit’s other projects include Netflix’s The Gentlemen based on the Guy Ritchie movie and a version of Johnny Depp-starrer Chocolat with Mediawan. Miramax was initially developing a TV version of The English Patient for the BBC but that series is understood to no longer be going forwards.
The BBC and Paramount+ declined to comment.
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