Banijay Rights has picked up distribution of Wolf Hall from BBC Studios (BBCS), with the adaptation of the final novel from the Hilary Mantel series now confirmed by the UK’s BBC and Masterpiece in the US.
Wolf Hall: The Mirror And The Light will again be directed by Peter Kosminsky (The Undeclared War) and adapted by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
Colin Callender’s Playground and Company Pictures produce, with Banijay Rights joining as distributor in place of BBCS, which had sold the first season globally.
Banijay’s deal for Wolf Hall: The Mirror And The Light has also handed it rights to the first adaptation, based on Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.
Academy Award winner Mark Rylance returns to the show as Thomas Cromwell, alongside Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey.
Wolf Hall: The Mirror And The Light picks up on events in 1536 following the death of Anne Boleyn, who was executed by Henry VIII, and tracks the life of Thomas Cromwell as he continues his climb to power.
The story explores the final four years of Cromwell’s life, completing his journey from self-made man to the most feared, influential figure of his time.
Kosminsky said: “The Mirror And The Light picks up exactly where Wolf Hall ended, with the execution of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.
“I’m overjoyed to be able to reunite the extraordinary cast we were lucky enough to assemble for Wolf Hall, led by the brilliant Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, with the original creative team of Gavin Finney (DOP), Pat Campbell (Designer) and Joanna Eatwell (Costume Designer). We are all determined to complete what we started – and to honour the final novel written by one of the greatest literary figures of our age, Hilary Mantel.”