Just in case you’re about to cry to the heavens, “Why remake a classic!” … know that Michael Mann’s 1992 film was, itself, the TENTH screen adaptation of the novel written in 1826. Oh, and you can watch the one made 100 years ago below.
A series adaptation James Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel is lined up to hit upcoming streaming service HBO Max (yep, another streamer you need to look out for). Writing the series is Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of True Detective (s1) and upcoming Bond movie No Time to Die, and Nick Osborne (Remember Me, All About Steve). Direction is to come from Watchmen series helmer Nicole Kassell, whose credits also include Westworld, Better Call Saul and American Crime.
THR broke the news, reporting that the new series is to be…
“a retelling of Cooper’s French and Indian War novel that focuses on the unlikely romance between Uncas, a young Mohican, and Cora, the mixed-race daughter of a British colonel.”
The project first went into development at Paramount Television back in April, as part of an overall deal Fukunaga has with the company.
Many will know Mann’s aforementioned ’92 film version that starred Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stow. Cooper’s classic literary work was adapted into a 1920 silent film directed by Clarence Brown; that one has been placed in the U.S. National Film Registry, registered as “a culturally significant” work by the US Library of Congress, and we’ve included the whole film for you to watch below.
HBO Max will be launching in the US in May, where it will have originals and titles such as Friends and Big Bang Theory, and be available for $US15 a month.