“I’d love to play that part, yeah, it’s a wonderful, beautiful… He’s like a modern Evelyn Waugh. He’s a really adept… writer and the prose is so alive with subtext. It’s a gorgeous thing to read, you do visualize it when you’re reading it and it’s incredibly smart and funny and moving.” - Benedict Cumberbatch in 2014 Reel Pieces interview with Annette Insdorf (thank you @mental-leaps for link to vid!), now set to executive produce and star in Melrose (article).
We’ve picked up the
five-part limited series MELROSE, starring and executive produced by
Oscar nominee and Emmywinner Benedict Cumberbatch (The
Imitation Game, Sherlock). BAFTA Award nominee David Nicholls (Far From
the Madding Crowd, One Day) is writing all five episodes of the television
adaptation. Based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical
novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, MELROSE hilariously skewers the
upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply
traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward
recovery. A co-production between SHOWTIME and Sky Atlantic, we will begin shooting in New York, London and the South of France in
In a tour de force role, Cumberbatch will play Melrose, an aristocratic and
outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted
by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior.
Asked in 2013 if he could play any literary character ever, Cumberbatch shared
in a Reddit Q&A that it would be Patrick Melrose. The limited series will
be a true television saga, both gripping and humorous
from Nicholls’ adaptation, with a dramatic sweep that encompasses the South of France in the
1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000’s. MELROSE
will devote one hour to each of the five novels, with each episode set over the
course of a few intense days in the life of the protagonist.