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BBC Adapting ‘War and Peace’ To Series, Minus the Boring Stuff

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Anyone with an inkling of the literary world likely knows Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ to be one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written, despite the curses of high schoolers everywhere actually forced to read it. Thankfully, when the BBC begins airing its six-part adaptation of the classic 1869 novel in 2015, viewers won’t have to deal with any of that pesky, boring “philosophy.” Find out the big changes to the BBC’s adaptation of ‘War and Peace’ inside!

Leo Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece ‘War and Peace’ has never exactly been what modern audiences would consider a riveting page-turner, but thankfully the BBC has their own vision of how to spice things up for modern viewers. Via The Hollywood Reporter, we’ve learned that the UK network plans to adapt ‘War and Peace’ as a six-episode series to begin airing in 2015, written by Andrew Davies (the original ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’).

While the story will keep to Tolstoy’s original setting of 19th century Russia, sources say that the BBC will remove the more philosophical aspects of the novel in favor of emphasizing the “human interactions, romance and family conflicts.”

Says BBC One controller Danny Cohen of the project, “‘War and Peace’ is truly epic in scale and builds on BBC One’s commitment to bringing audiences drama of the highest quality and impact.” Adds series writer Davies, “Not just a great novel, it’s a wonderful read, and it’ll make a wonderful serial. A thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life — the characters are so natural and human and easy to identify with.”

What say you? Will you snooze through an episode of ‘War and Peace’ in 2015, or wait for a version that doesn’t skimp on the philosophy?

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