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ABC miniseries will retell the story of the Titanic all over again

ABC has announced plans to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic disaster with a “lavish four-hour miniseries,” which will revisit the sinking of the ocean-liner that was like a floating Jane Austen-meets-Charles Dickens novel, so endlessly rich was it with stories of doomed romance and class warfare, apparently. Of course, the Titanic’s tale has been told many times before, even occasionally as an Amityville Horror-like sequel, so screenwriter Julian Fellowes will have to make every effort to find a new angle on the… oh, never mind, it’s about “the lives of different characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests as the ship begins to founder.” Spoilers: Their petty differences are thrown into stark relief, and we learn that the frailty of life is ultimately what binds us all together.

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