British TV adaptation of the Rabbit novels to dispel notions of misogyny

In the Sunday, May 27, 2018 Guardian, Mark Brown wrote an update about Andrew Davies, “Britain’s most successful literary adaptor for television,” and his intentions for an upcoming adaptation of John Updike’s Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom novels.

As Brown writes, “The project comes with something of a mission. ‘This lazy way that people talk about him being a misogynist,’ Davies said. ‘This is something we are just going to wipe out really when they see how richly empathetic and imaginative the books are.'”

“The project raises the question of how, in the era of #MeToo, TV and filmmakers should depict behaviour which would not be acceptable now.

“The script editor Laura Lankester said there was no getting around the fact that people in the 1960s behaved the way they did, and there was a balancing act in not denying it and portraying it in an acceptable way for a contemporary audience.

“Davies said: ‘I think they behave exactly the same now, but it is kind of wrong now.’

“The 81 year old said he had the advantage of working with much younger people than himself, including a script editor on Rabbit, Run who is in her mid-20s. ‘She has had problems with some bits of Rabbit, Run and it was been very interesting to deal with all that,’ he said.

“‘We do want people, if not to love Rabbit but at least to understand him. Some of the things have been a bit difficult for young intelligent females to cope with . . . but I think his insight into both men and women is just so extraordinary.'”

No cast or time frame has been announced for the project by Davies, whose adaptation of Les Miserables will be shown on BBC later this year.

The photo of Davies is by Martin Godwin of the Guardian.

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