Around two years have passed since the project’s introduction. Beginning on April 17, the cameras will be allowed to start recording. Director Antoine Garceau, who had already agreed to helm a television adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s novel “Elementary Particles” last year, was present at the maneuver. He will tackle the four-part adaptation of “La Peste,” a masterpiece of French literature.
According to a press release from the public audiovisual group, while Albert Camus’ novel takes place in Oran in the 1940s, this updated version, which was revealed this Friday, March 17, will take place in… 2029 in a society that has “barely” recovered from “the wave of Covid epidemics” and is now facing a “far more formidable” plague.
Hugo Becker (“Black Baron,” “I promise you”), Sofia Essadi (“The Fighters”), and Frédéric Pierrot, who played the therapist in the Arte television series “In Therapy,” will all be featured in the cast of this miniseries, according to Century Productions. “Although we have adapted to living with the seasonal variations of Covid, we find a new variation of the plague bacillus called YP2 in this southern metropolis. The central government will decide to isolate the city for lack of care before applying a mysterious Plan D to it, the terrible origins of which we will gradually uncover, in order to save the rest of the country, according to France Télévisions.
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Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez, the director of antennas and programs for public channels, has emphasized the work of Camus in 2020. It has benefited from a significant resurgence of interest due to the epidemic. He continued, “It is a boldness in which we believe, in the light of the development of extremism on all sides” and the current health crisis.