HBO and the BBC are collaborating to develop a four part mini-series adaption of the Hilary Mantel novel Wolf Hall, which In 2009 the won the UK’s highest literary award, the Man Booker Prize.
Wolf Hall, is a fictionalized biography chronicling the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII set in Medieval England. Thomas Cromwell helped King Henry VIII get an annulment for his marriage to Catherine Of Aragon, to allow him to marry Anne Boleyn. He was also pivotal in advocating the English Reformation, however he fell out of favour with King Henry VIII who later had him executed.
The mini-series will be penned by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy co-writer Peter Straughan and will be produced by UK Indie Company Pictures, known for producing Shameless and U.S Playground Entertainment, the company of former HBO Films president Colin Callender.
Peter Straughan also wrote the films: The Debt, The Men Who Stare At Goats and How To Lose Friends & Alienate People.
Wolf Hall is currently being tipped to air on BBC2 in the UK and HBO in the US.