'Les Miserables' update bought by FOX from Rob Thomas

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FOX is developing an update of "Les Miserables" as a television drama series. The project comes from Rob Thomas ( "Veronica Mars," "Party Down").

In a year of updates and remakes, it's kind of cool to see one that actually brings imagination to the table. The Thomas version of "Les Mis" will take place in the present and is a primetime soap focused on a brilliant lawyer (according to Deadline). The lawyer runs a legal exoneration program and simultaneously fights to evade the consequences stemming from his own legal troubles many years before.

This "Jean Valjean" character has to deal with the troubles of high society, save innocents and manage his chaotic personal life while staying ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who won't let the past die (this would be the "Inspector Javert" character).

Written by Graham Norris, the pilot has been picked up for development at FOX with a penalty attached -- thus increasing the likelihood of getting a series order in the spring. Thomas will executive produce with Danielle Stodyk and Dan Etheridge, while Norris will be a supervising producer.

With its story seemingly adapted from the Victor Hugo novel and not from the theatrical sensation, there is no indication that this will be a musical.

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