Wolf Hall is returning. In a recent Radio Times article, the series’ director Peter Kosminsky said the British historical drama will have a second season. Though, it may take a few years.
Based on Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell novels, Wolf Hall premiered on BBC Two and on PBS last year.
Kosminsky said the historical series, which follows Cromwell’s (Mark Rylance) rise to power in the court of England’s King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis), may take a few years because Mantel has not finished writing the third book yet. Season one covered the first two novels in her planned trilogy. Kosminsky said it may take at least two years:
She has still got at least a year of writing on the novel and we have to get it adapted which will take quite a while because it’s probably going to be quite a thick book. It’s not going to be any time soon I’m afraid. Two years down the road I would think, probably.
He added that there might also be difficulty getting the cast and crew back together:
Getting that team back together is a challenge [as well]. First of all we have to get Peter Straughan the adaptor to be available and we have to get Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis into a studio together at the same time. They are both international superstars now so it’s going to be quite a challenge but we will do it.”
The director remains optimistic though, saying the second and final series will be “exciting” and unpredictable:
What’s particular exciting it it’s not, ‘OK, just dramatise the short period of time between Anne Boleyn’s death and Cromwell’s death’. She’s going back in time, she’s going into memory, earlier parts of Cromwell’s life, and so it’s not going to be predictable in any way.”
What do you think? Did you watch season one of Wolf Hall? Are you excited for a second season?