Rai is trying again: after the great successes of I Medici and L’Amica Geniale, it is throwing itself back into a major international project for fiction that is increasingly in step with the times. In fact, The Count of Monte Cristo arrives.
Based on the great novel by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo will be adapted into a TV series in eight episodes of approximately fifty minutes which will be produced by Palomar in collaboration with Demd Productions, Rai Fiction, France Televisions, Mediawan Rights and Entourage. Filming, already underway and scheduled until mid-December, will take place in France, Italy and Malta. This is not the first time that The Count of Monte Cristo has been adapted for television: in this regard, the Rai series of 1966one of the best dramas ever.
There is considerable anticipation for the return of The Count of Monte Cristo. Because Rai seems to want to focus a lot on it, and because the cast is of an excellent level. Starting from Sam Claflin, already admired by the television audience in Peaky Blinders and Daisy Jones and the Six, and by the other involved performers: in this regard, it is worth mentioning the presence of Ana Girardot, Mikkel Boe F›lsgaard, Blake Ritson, Karla-Simone Spence and the Italians Michele Riondino, Lino Guanciale, Gabriella Pession and Nicolas Maupas. The name of the director is also important: the Dane Bill August, twice Palme d’Or at Cannes and winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Film
He spoke about the important project Maria Pia Ammiratidirector of Rai Fiction. These are his words, reported by Fanpage: “Alexandre Dumas is a master of stories driven by seriality. Bringing the archetypal story of The Count of Monte Cristo back to the small screen, 57 years after the historic 1966 drama with Andrea Giordana, is not only consistent with the editorial line of Rai Fiction, but also excites us for the possibility of collaborating on a new international co-production of the European Alliance with Palomar, Demd Productions and France Télévisions to offer today’s audience – young people in particular – a great classic in a contemporary reinterpretation. We are happy to be able to do it at the best quality with an authoritative director like Bille August and an international cast led by Sam Claflin“.
Not bad. Not bad really.