Vikings creator Michael Hirst is working on a limited series that will be a more diverse reinterpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel The Great Gatsby.
“I have long dreamed of a more diverse and inclusive version of Gatsby that better reflects the United States we live in, one that perhaps allows us all to see ourselves in Scott’s wildly romantic text,” she told The Hollywood magazine today. Reporter Blake Hazard, who is the writer’s great-granddaughter and who is involved in this project as a producer.
A + E Studios and ITV Studios America are the companies that have partnered with Hirst for this series, which will subsequently be sold to a channel or streaming platform.
“I seem to have lived with Gatsby for most of my life: first reading it in school, then teaching it at Oxford in the 1970s, and then periodically rereading it since then,” Hirst said.
“It is still as fresh as when it appeared, it has even gained weight and relevance. Now, with the United States seeking to reinvent itself once again, it is the perfect time to take a fresh look at this timeless history and to explore its famous and iconic characters through the modern lens of gender, race and sexual orientation, “he added.
This series on The Great Gatsby will focus on the African-American communities of New York in the 1920s and their musical culture.
“Michael remains true to Fitzgerald’s novel while developing a modern vision of that legacy that will better reflect America then and now, including a broader exploration of female characters,” explained Barry Jossen, President of A + E Studios.