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ITV pulls plug on 'Passage To India'

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ITV has axed its adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel A Passage To India just a month before it was due to begin filming, says The Guardian.

Matthew Macfadyen had signed up to lead the cast of the drama about an English woman who travels to India to visit her fiancé. Talks with Sally Hawkins, Laurence Fox and Gemma Jones have been cancelled.

ITV is thought to have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in pre-production costs, including £225,000 for the novel's rights.

The broadcaster reportedly pulled the plug on the series due to "financial reasons".

"We are working hard to make sure that we extract maximum value from the schedule and spend money carefully and, as a result, we will not be taking forward the commission of A Passage To India," an ITV statement said.

Despite the cancellation, ITV said that it "[remains] committed to high quality drama".

A Passage To India was previously made into a feature film by David Lean in 1984.

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