ITV to go Jekyll & Hyde next year with new adaption by Charlie Higson

ITV has commissioned a modern-day take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Another acclaimed novelist, Charlie Higson, is set to pen a 10 episode series for the home of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The series will be set in 1930s London and will focus on Henry Jekyll's grandson, Robert Jekyll, as he attempts to uncover his family's true history, come to terms with his darker alter ego and escape the grasp of shadowy forces trying to find him.

As you've probably already guessed, this isn't a still from the still-to-be-filmed new series

Sounds alright, innit? The series will span a wide range of genres, including action and fantasy. Renowned director, Colin Teague, who has previously directed Dr Who, Torchwood and Being Human, will use CGI for the Jekyll & Hyde transformation scenes and for the creation of the zombies, ghouls and werewolves that will inhabit the world the series is set in.

Higson, best known for writing the popular series of zombie books aimed at young adults that began with The Enemy and his work on The Fast Show. He'll be joined by producers Foz Allan (Robin Hood, Wolfblood) and Francis Hopkinson (DCI Banks, Chasing Shadows) when filming starts in London in January.

The original novella, first published in 1886, has inspired scores of television series and films, and Higson said it would be a "privilege" to rediscover it: "It's an exciting challenge to take Stevenson's work and use it as the basis for a new Jekyll & Hyde. So many superheroes with secret dual personalities have been brought to life thanks to Jekyll & Hyde. He's one of literatures most important and influential characters."

ITV Player, ITV's online TV service, is now available on Amazon Fire TV, meaning you'll be able to watch the new series on Amazon's snazzy internet-connected TV box if you have happen to have one.

Sources: BBC News, TVWise

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