James Fenimore Cooper‘s novel The Last Of The Mohicans was written all the way back in 1826, and has seen its fair share of adaptations since.
The most famous are arguably Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur‘s 1920 version, and Michael Mann‘s 1992 film which starred Daniel Day-Lewis. Now, close to 200 years after its original publication, the novel is getting a new TV adaptation at HBO Max.
The show is reportedly a reworking of the original premise, which focuses on a star-crossed love story amidst the backdrop of the French-Indian War. Before you roll your eyes at more content based on pre-existing IP, know that HBO have brought out some big guns for this new adaptation.
Cary Joji Fukunaga, who’s already found massive success on HBO with True Detective, will co-write the script alongside Nick Osborne (Remember Me).
Nicole Kassell will direct the project. She’s worked on many Damon Lindelof projects including The Leftovers and Watchmen, and has also directed episodes of Better Call Saul and Westworld.
A Last Of The Mohicans limited series was previously being developed as a limited series at FX back in 2013, but the project stalled. Obviously studios and networks keep seeing profitability and acclaim in new versions of Cooper’s novel. We’ll see if this adaptation turns out to be one of the better ones.
HBO Max will be available this May for $15 a month.