‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Developing Modern-Day ‘Les Misérables’ Series at Fox

By August 29, 2013
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Rob Thomas - Les Miserables

The Kickstarted film continuance of the cult favorite series “Veronica Mars” is coming early next year, but creator Rob Thomas will be returning to work on the small screen soon enough. This time he’s using the classic novel Les Misérables, which was just turned into an Oscar-nominated musical film last year, as inspiration for a contemporary TV series on Fox.

Deadline reports Thomas is working with relatively unknown actor-turned-writer Graham Norris for a new drama at Warner Bros. TV, complete with a script commitment plus penalty. So just how does the story bring the tale of Les Misérables to modern times? The series is described as a primetime soap opera following “a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before.”

The lawyer has to navigate high society while trying to save innocent people and dealing with his tumultuous love life and family, but a U.S. Attorney just won’t let the past go and is in hot pursuit of this formerly convicted criminal.

Les Miserables - Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman

In case you can’t tell, it’s basically the part of the story that deals with Jean Valjean and the authority figure Javert, played in the 2012 film by Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, respectively. We’re not sure if the other characters in the story will be given similarly updated storylines, but that would certainly enhance the scope of the series.

Thomas will reunite with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge as executive producers after working together on “Veronica Mars” years ago. This kind of move isn’t all that surprising since the ABC series “Revenge” is actually inspired by Alexadre Dumas’ The Count Of Monte Cristo. We’ll have to wait and see if this new series will be a big crowd-pleaser like “Revenge,” or become another series that gets canceled and potentially turned into a movie like “Veronica Mars.”

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.