John Updike's "Rabbit" novels (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit at Rest) will be adapted for television after the BBC Worldwide-backed production company Lookout Point (War and Peace) optioned the rights, Deadline reported.
Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones's Diary) will adapt the four novels. This is the fourth collaboration between Davies and Lookout Point, including the original House of Cards for the BBC and The Tailor of Panama.
"This is such an important series of books for me," Davies said. "As a young man, I read Rabbit, Run when it came out and thought: gosh, this is what life is all about. For me, no other writer examines the mundane, everyday details of life with such expressionistic, colorful, spiritual power."
Lookout Point CEO Simon Vaughan added: "We were talking to Andrew about whether there was any great work of literature he had always wanted to adapt and Andrew said without breaking breath that it was Updike's Rabbit books. Following his adaptations of non-British epics including War and Peace, Les Misérables and A Suitable Boy, it seems perfectly logical for him to take on one of America's iconic titles."