ITV and Amazon are working on a new adaptation of the satirical Victorian Novel “Vanity Fair.” The seven-part small-screen version of the book by William Makepeace Thackeray, will star “Bates Motel” actress Olivia Cook and will be produced by Amazon Studios and ITV-owned Mammoth Screen.
Cooke, who also stars in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” plays the role of Becky Sharp in the series, which is set in the era of the Napoleonic Wars and follows her as she struggles to make her way in English society.
The new series, which will be filmed in London and Budapest, will be produced by Julia Stannard (“War & Peace”) and directed by James Strong (“Broadchurch”).
This isn’t the first time ITV has dived into period pieces. In recent years the commercial network has had notable historical hits such as “Downton Abbey” and “Victoria.” The network also teamed with Hulu on “Harlots,” which was set in the world of the 18th-century London sex trade.
Filming for the new adaptation will start in September, and it has been confirmed that ITV Studios Global Entertainment will sell the series internationally.