BBC develops serial based on Steve McQueen movie The Great Escape

The corporation is reportedly in the early stages of of an adaptation based on the semi-fictional story that became a classic 1960s movie

The BBC is developing a TV series based on the classic 1963 Steve McQueen film The Great Escape.


The broadcaster is in the early stages of the project in a tie-up with American independent Open Circle which has bought the rights to The Great Escape, reports Broadcast.

The agreement is part of a wider deal between the BBC and the US company, which will also involve an adaptation of Anne Holt’s detective novels centred on wheelchair-bound female detective Hanne Wilhelmsen.

The Great Escape follows Allied soldiers who escape from a German prisoner of war camp during the Second World War.


The film, which was produced by the Mirisch Company, was loosely based on the real life mass escape from Stalg Luft III in Poland and also starred Richard Attenborough and James Garner.