Kenneth Branagh will re-team with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One on a TV adaptation of Amor Towles's bestselling novel A Gentleman in Moscow, Deadline reported. They recently worked together on the film version of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. For the new project, Branagh is attached to play Count Alexander Rostov and produce Tom Harper's adaptation.
"Ken is a world class talent celebrated for portraying captivating and layered characters, and Tom is a master at crafting gripping and thought-provoking television," said Gordon. "We are delighted to collaborate with them on A Gentleman in Moscow, which exemplifies the kind of premium content led by acclaimed talent that we are dedicated to creating at eOne."
"A Gentleman in Moscow is a life-affirming book full of humour and charm that brings together the profound, the political and the personal," Harper added. "I am thrilled to be working with Ken, whose masterful talent will allow us to bring this extraordinary story to life."
Towles tweeted: "I'm thrilled to announce that Kenneth Branagh has signed on to star in the TV adaptation of A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW to be directed by Tom Harper @tomharps. Up the stairs of the Metropol he'll go--two steps at a time, as has been his habit since the academy!"
Christie Watson's book The Language of Kindness will be turned into a television series after Mammoth Screen (Poldark, Victoria) optioned the rights, Deadline reported, adding that Rachel Bennette, who adapted Zadie Smith's NW for BBC Two, is writing the script.