TV series Jekyll is to be made into a movie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 May 2016
James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt

The sinister 2007 one-ff series 'Jekyll' helmed by Steven Moffat, which starred James Nesbitt, is being made into a movie by Lionsgate

British TV series 'Jekyll' is being made into a movie.

The BBC modern-day drama based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novella 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' - which starred The Hobbit's James Nesbitt as the titular character - is being developed for the big screen by Lionsgate, according to film news site The Tracking Board.

'Sherlock' and 'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat helmed the one-off series that ran for six episodes in 2007 and was widely praised for its fast paced, scary and clever plot design.

Writing duo Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry will pen the script for the feature film based on Steven's series, which revolves around married man Dr. Tom Jackman who is forced to isolate himself from his wife Claire Jackman - played by Gina Bellman in the show - and their two young sons, when it becomes evident he has developed a dark and dangerous side.

When his alternative personality Hyde emerges Jackman enlists the help of a psychiatric nurse, Katherine Reimer (Michelle Ryan),who acts as mediator between the two personalities, as they are unable to converse except through recorded messages they leave one another.

Over the course of the series, which was split into 55 minute episodes, it becomes evident that a secret agency is tracking Jackman and Hyde and the two become allies rather than foes, as they fight to protect their family.

James, 51, was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his roles and 'Peep Show' star Paterson Joseph - who played Benjamin Maddox - received a nod from the 2008 Screen Nation awards for his performance.

Paterson Joseph played Benjamin Maddox, and Linda Marlowe as Ms Utterson

A cast for the movie is yet to be found however it is hoped they will be as strong as the actors assembled for the popular TV series.

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