The Jewish Daily Forward is reporting that a six-part, Hebrew-language adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, set in 21st-century Israel, will be broadcast on the Israeli cable provider Hot (!) next summer.
In the series, the tempestuous romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy will now take place between characters named Alona Sadeh and Nimrod Artzi, the latter recast as a high-tech worker rather than a stuffy landowner. The production will be scripted and directed by Irit Linor, who recently completed a new Hebrew translation of “Pride and Prejudice” and who previously translated Charles Dickens’s “Nicholas Nickleby.” Prime-time soap opera veteran Yael Hadar and stage and TV actor Dan Shapira will play the romantic leads.
Six parts! Elizabeth as heroine! Take that, ITV!