The scriptwriter Andrew Davies says he wants to follow in the success of War and Peace with a new adaptation of Les Misérables.
The writer has said that his version of the Victor Hugo drama will not be a musical.
Davies told The Telegraph: “it’s another big epic story and I think people will be surprised that there is so much more to it than they maybe realise.”
Lookout Point, the production company behind War and Peace, revealed that they were in “active” discussions with him about working on another classic.
Davies added that the co-producer of Leo Tolstoy's novel, Harvey Weinstein, has agreed to work on the adaptation.
The finale of the BBC One drama was watched by 5.7 million viewers. The channel gave the episode a 20-minute extension. This was the first time it had granted this for a Sunday evening drama.
Davies and Weinstein revealed that they are due to begin talks with the BBC.