F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous classic novel, The Great Gatsby, is being adapted to television, and with a whole new twist! This miniseries– put together by A+E Studios, ITV Studios America and writer Michael Hirst- “will reportedly be a ‘closed-ended miniseries’ that tweaks the original story to ‘explore New York’s Black community in the 1920s as well as the musical subculture.'”
The series hasn’t landed a platform as of yet, but that’s only because the creatives backing the project are searching for their best option in both premium cable and streaming outlets. When Hirst was asked about his involvement in writing the show, he responded:
I seem to have lived with Gatsby most of my life, reading it first as a schoolboy, later teaching it at Oxford in the 1970s then re-reading it periodically ever since. As the critic Lionel Trilling once wrote: ‘The Great Gatsby is still as fresh as when it first appeared, it has even gained in weight and relevance.’ Today, as America seeks to reinvent itself once again, is the perfect moment to look with new eyes at this timeless story, to explore its famous and iconic characters through the modern lens of gender, race and sexual orientation. Fitzgerald’s profoundly romantic vision does not prevent him examining and exposing the darker underbelly of the American experience, which is why the story speaks to both tragedy and hope, and why it continues to resonate today.
There have been several film adaptation to Fitzgerald’s classic novel, but this will be the first time writers will take a crack at adapting it for a miniseries. As of this year, the iconic story, The Great Gatsby, has entered the public domain, so there could not be a more opportune time to try it in a new light.