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The Great Gatsby is getting a modern TV reimagining from The Tudors and Vikings creator

  • Michael Hirst is developing a big-budget limited series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic 1925 novel for A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Hirst will pen the script with Blake Hazard, a great-granddaughter of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and a trustee of their estate, serving as a consulting producer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hirst's Gatsby "will explore New York's Black community in the 1920s as well as the musical subculture. Columbia University's William B. Ransford professor of English and comparative literature and African-American studies Farah Jasmine Griffin will also serve as a consultant on the series. She will work directly with Hazard and Hirst on the drama. Described as a reimagining, the series will dig deeper into the hidden lives of its characters through the modern lens of a fractured American dream while also capturing the full majesty of Fitzgerald's timeless vision." The Great Gatsby was adapted several times as network TV specials in the 1950s. In 2000, Paul Rudd, Mira Sorvino and Toby Stephens starred in the A&E film The Great Gatsby. "Today, as America seeks to reinvent itself once again, is the perfect moment to look with new eyes at this timeless story, to explore its famous and iconic characters through the modern lens of gender, race and sexual orientation," says Hirst. "Fitzgerald's profoundly romantic vision does not prevent him examining and exposing the darker underbelly of the American experience, which is why the story speaks to both tragedy and hope, and why it continues to resonate today." Hazard adds: "I have long dreamt of a more diverse, inclusive version of Gatsby that better reflects the America we live in, one that might allow us all to see ourselves in Scott's wildly romantic text. Michael brings a deep reverence for Scott's work to the project, but also a fearlessness about bringing such an iconic story to life in an accessible and fresh way. I'm delighted to be a part of the project."

    TOPICS: Michael Hirst, The Great Gatsby, Blake Hazard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, A+E Studios, In Development, ITV Studios