Dangerous Liaisons showrunner pays touching tribute to colleague

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Dangerous Liaisons has premiered on Lionsgate+ with a new adaption and unlike its many iterations, this one was based on a single letter in the epistolary 1782 novel. Ahead of its debut, creator and writer Harriet Warner spoke to Express.co.uk and praised producer Colin Callender for his work. 

Since Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos was first published in 1782 there have been a number of adaptions to bring the story to life. 

As well as opera and ballet productions, fans could be more familiar with the 1988 film starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Uma Thurman. 

This month, Dangerous Liaisons will return to screens in a new light with an all-new series on Starz and Lionsgate+.

As the crew were faced with a number of challenges in reimagining Paris in the 1700s, creator Harrier paid a touching tribute to her colleague Colin.  

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Harriet shared: “There’s many adaptations so I think when Colin asked me to look at it I was so thrilled.

“And excited to work with Colin who’s such an incredible man in this industry and has done so much and I just want to say that because it’s amazing.”

She continued: “So then to think of possibly doing Dangerous Liaisons with Colin, I thought ‘wow.’

“But again to be really rigorous I only want to commit because you know how much this is going to take of your life if there is something to say.”

The original story of Dangerous Liaisons followed Marquise de Mertreuil and the Vicomte de Valmont who set off on a twisted journey of seduction and manipulation. 

While the novel became an instant sensation, the upcoming series serves as a prequel, to the early days of their relationship.

The 2022 adaption explores the lives of Marquise de Mertreuil (played by Alice Englert) and the Vicomte de Valmont (Nicholas Denton) and who they were before they became the vicious schemers depicted in the story. 

An air of mystery and scandal is also woven throughout the storyline, much like its predecessor. 

The series will be produced by Colin’s Playground Entertainment, who showed gratitude to Starz and Lionsgate TV. 

He disclosed: “We’re greatly appreciative to Starz and Lionsgate for their ongoing support of the show.

“We’re very excited to share Harriet Warner’s brilliant vision for season two, which will see our world expand and the relationships between our characters deepen in thrilling, dangerous new ways.”

Thankfully for fans, Starz were intrigued by the new take on the adaptions, as they renewed Dangerous Liaison for a second season before season one even premiered.

Kathryn Busby, President of Original Programming at Starz, stated: “Dangerous Liaisons is addictive, provocative and beautifully rendered. 

“This prelude to the famed 18th-century novel illuminates pre-revolution Paris at its most decadent.

“We are confident that by the end of season one viewers will be craving more scheming and seduction,” she told Deadline. 

Alice and Nicholas will star alongside Kosar Ali, Carice Van Houten, Hilton Pelser, Fisayo Akinade and Michael McElhatton.

Dangerous Liaisons will premiere on November 6 on Starz in the US and on Lionsgate+ in the UK.

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