STARZ orders new Dangerous Liaisons series
Staff Reporter | On 06, Aug 2019Reading time: 1 mins
STARS has ordered a new series based on the novel Dangerous Liaisons.
The book, written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos in the 18th century, is no stranger to the screen, having been adapted by Christopher Hampton and Stephen Frears in 1998, starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich, and again in 1999 by Roger Kumble, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe.
The STARZ Original series will tell the origin story of the early years of the iconic characters Merteuil and Valmont when they meet as passionate young lovers in the slums of 18th century Paris.
Written and reimagined by Harriet Warner (Tell Me Your Secrets, Call the Midwife), who also serves as executive producer and showrunner, this is Dangerous Liaisons for a 21st century audience told from the perspective of Merteuil, informed by her line from the novel: “Born to avenge my sex and conquer yours, I have succeeded in inventing strategies for doing so that before me had never been conceived.”
Described by STARZ as “thrilling, sexy and provocative”, the story of seduction and betrayal follows the dangerous liaisons of the rich and powerful in the court of Louis VXI, as they wreak havoc on society, and each other along the way.
The series is executive produced by Playground’s Colin Callender (Wolf Hall, Howards End), Tony Krantz (24, Blood & Oil), Bethan Jones (Les Misérables, Sherlock) Scott Huff (STARZ Original series The Spanish Princess, The Missing), and Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement). Coline Abert (Les Revenants), James Dormer (Medici) and Rita Kalnejais (Babyteeth) will also write for the series.
The eight-episode season will be available to stream on STARZPLAY in the UK via Prime Video Channels and Virgin Media.