English actress Emma Corrin rose to fame with her performance as Princess Diana in the wildly popular Netflix show The Crown for which she received a Golden Globe as well as an Emmy nomination. She is back in the headlines with another promising project – a brand new Netflix adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s famous book Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
This new adaptation will be the first of many projects under Netflix’s recent partnership with Sony, with many big names already attached to the production. Matthew Duckett and Jack O’Connell will join Corrin as co-stars, with a script by Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee and under the direction of the award-winning filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.
Thought to be based on the real-life figure of Lady Ottoline Morrell, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is an explicit exploration of human desire and sexuality which was banned in several countries at the time of its full release. Although it was subjected to an obscenity trial, the book ended up becoming an unprecedented success and sold millions of copies worldwide.
Lawrence’s work was dismissed as pornography by critics who were too afraid of his subversion of the status quo. Thanks to later re-evaluations, it is now widely recognised that Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a remarkable investigation of class consciousness, class barriers and the pernicious machinations of oppressive societal conventions.
This isn’t the first time that Lady Chatterley’s Lover is up for an adaptation, not by a long shot. Marc Allégret directed one way back in 1955 which was also banned by the US because of the absurd claim that it “promoted adultery.” Since then, there have been countless cinematic renditions in multiple languages including a 2015 BBC series based on the book which is available on Netflix.