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STARZ’s Mini-series ‘HOWARDS END’ Is Still Relevant Today

July 30, 2017

Howard's End 2018

As part of the Television Critics Association tour (TCA), executive producers Colin Callender and stars Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen and Tracey Ullman were also present to talk about their upcoming miniseries HOWARDS END, coming next year to STARZ.

Based on E.M Foster’s classic novel of the same name and adapted by Manchester by the Sea‘s Kenneth Lonergan, the TV adaption is a four-part drama that explores the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing world.

Even though the novel was written in 1910, is it still relevant today? Callender revealed:

“These two sisters trying to find their way in a man’s world felt as pertinent and as relevant today as ever.”

Callender read the novel when he was in high school and re-read the story 40 years later, as he’s a father of two teenage daughters, which means that his perspective has changed.

“Suddenly I saw in my daughters going through some of the things Margaret and Helen were going through.”

Atwell, who plays Margaret Schlegel, gave a lot of credits to Lonergan’s adaption for making it “very fresh” and with “a lot of energy.”

“The script had a light touch to it and this wit. Which meant that despite the constriction of the costumes and the period, we did feel like we wanted to make it accessible to a moderan audience as possible, by not making it feel mannered or held.”

Howards End was first adapted back in 1992 and starred Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Redgrave.

Callender was asked about re-adapting it and what makes this upcoming four-part unique.

“The great thing about books like HOWARDS END, or any great art, is that the reverberations of the art change according to the context of time in which you read or see it. In this instance, we re-reading HOWARDS ENDS, what became very clear was that there was an extraordinary story that could be explored more fully in four hours than in a film.”

Also starring Julia Ormond, Philippa Courthard and Alex Lawther.

Hettie Macdonald directs all four episodes.  Callender executive produces thorugh his Playground banner with City Entertainment’s Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin and KippSter Entertainment’s David A. Stern as well as Playground’s Sophie Gardiner and Scott Huff and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Laura Hastings-Smith produces.

HOWARDS ENDS airs in 2018.

 

 

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