Hirst is adapting Boris Pasternak’s classic novel for TV as an eight-part series. It is being produced by British indie Hartswood Films, which is producing forthcoming BBC drama Dracula, and Bryncoed Productions. French outfit Wild Bunch TV is distributing and will be talking to broadcasters at Mip.
In the epic tale of love, war and revolution, Hirst will bring Pasternak’s book to screen depicting the drama and immense scope of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet, Zhivago; the revolutionary, Strelnikov; and Lara, the passionate woman they both love. Caught up in the overwhelming events of politics and war that will eventually destroy him and millions of others, Zhivago clings to the private world of family life and love, embodied by the magical Lara.