The Red Tent to become miniseries

“The Red Tent,” a best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, is being made into a four-hour miniseries by the Lifetime network.

The miniseries, based on a book that explores the lives of women in biblical times, begins production this month in Morocco and is expected to be broadcast later this year.

Published in 1997, “The Red Tent” has sold millions of copies and has been translated into 28 languages.

The cast features Debra Winger and Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Ferguson and Minnie Driver. Among the male stars are Iain Glen and Will Tudor.

Diamant said she was pleasantly surprised that the miniseries was being made, noting that over the years the rights to the novel had been bought and other deals had fallen through. “It’s great,” Diamant said. “I’m excited to see what they do with it.”

The novel is told through the voice of Dina, the little-mentioned daughter of Leah and Jacob. Dina shares the intimate lives of women through the stories they tell in the red tent, where they gather during menstruation and birthing.

Diamant, the award-winning author of six books about contemporary Jewish life and the novel “Day After Night,” said “The Red Tent” struck a universal chord. The book was considered groundbreaking because it gave voice to women, whose stories are largely untold in the Bible. — jta