Benedict Cumberbatch to star in, produce The Child in Time for BBC

The Child in TimeSherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will be producing The Child In Time, a television adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 1987 Whitbread Award winning novel, according to Deadline. The drama will be written by Stephen Butchard (Five Daughters, The Last Kingdom). The Doctor Strange actor will be playing the role of Stephen Lewis, described as “successful children’s book author whose daughter goes missing in the lyrical and heartbreaking exploration of love, loss, and the power of things unseen.”

Cumberbatch previously featured in the big screen adaptation of another of McEwan’s novels, Atonement. The Sherlock actor told Deadline:

I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me – profound, beautiful, and very moving. Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty. We’re very excited to have Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth. I’m so proud The Child in Time will be the first drama produced by SunnyMarch TV.

Helen Gregory, Pinewood Television’s Creative Director, also added: “I am delighted to be bringing Stephen’s beautiful adaptation of The Child in Time to the screen in collaboration with such huge talents as Julian Farino and Benedict.”

McEwan said that he was

thrilled to have my novel in the hands of such a high level creative team. I have fond memories of Benedict playing a brilliant and key part in the movie adaptation of Atonement. Now, it’s a great honor to have this actor of such immense resource, experience, and subtlety in the lead role of The Child In Time.

Piers Wegner, BBC Drama Commissioning Controller, said:

The Child in Time is a unique and moving story and one which I think will touch the heart of every BBC One viewer. I am proud to be involved with both Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV’s first television commission, and to welcome Benedict back again to BBC One.

Watch this space for more updates on The Child in Time.