Michael Hirst is working on a Great Gatsby TV series (Picture: Getty)
Vikings creator Michael Hirst is working on a TV series based on The Great Gatsby.
It’s been reported that the showrunner is teaming up with A+E Studios and ITV Studios America for a big-budget limited series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.
Hirst’s reimagining will explore New York’s Black community in the roaring twenties as well as the musical subculture, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s also said the show 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.’
It’s believed Hirst will write the script with Fitzgerald’s great-granddaughter, Blake Hazard, serving as a consulting producer.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan starred in the 2013 adaptation (Picture: Rex)
They add that a network is not yet tied to the project, which has been in the works for three years, and that the co-producers plan on ‘shopping the series to premium cable and streaming outlets.’
‘I seem to have lived with Gatsby most of my life, reading it first as a schoolboy, later teaching it at Oxford in the 1970s then re-reading it periodically ever since,’ Hirst told the publication.
Hirst has reportedly been working on the project for three years (Picture: Getty)
‘As the critic Lionel Trilling once wrote, “The Great Gatsby is still as fresh as when it first appeared, it has even gained in weight and relevance.”
‘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.’
He added: ‘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.’
The Great Gatsby has been adapted a number of times.
The latest film was directed by Baz Luhrmann was released in 2013 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway.