'Vanity Fair' Adaptation Planned By ITV, Despite Four Prior BBC Versions

This could fill the 'Downton Abbey'-shaped hole in the schedule very nicely.

18/05/2016 12:25 | Updated 18 May 2016

ITV is reportedly planning a £10 million adaptation of 'Vanity Fair'.

The broadcaster is said to be launching a six-part series, based on the 19th century novel by William Makepeace Thakeray, despite the BBC having previously aired four different versions of it.

The same production company behind hit BBC drama 'Poldark' is believed to be developing the project, which will be penned by acclaimed writer Gwyneth Hughes.

'Vanity Fair' last aired on the BBC in 1998

Actresses including 'Game Of Thrones' stars Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer and Rose Leslie are also being eyed up as potential leading ladies. 

"Becky Sharp is a trailblazing and modern heroine, and her fearless ambition and meteoric rise will resonate with a contemporary audience," an insider told The Mirror.

"Like Poldark, Vanity Fair will have high end production values, lavish costumes and opulent set designs.

"We’ll be looking to cast a high profile young actress to play the unforgettable heroine Becky Sharp." 

The most recent adaptation of 'Vanity Fair' aired in 1998, with Natasha Little, who recently starred in 'The Night Manager', as Becky Sharp.

The BBC also aired versions of the period drama in 1956 and 1967, as well as a daytime version in 1987.

HuffPost UK has contacted an ITV spokesperson for comment. 

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