Dickens's novel is built around a great and stable love story, although as he wrote, his own marriage was failing spectacularly. Dickens was unhappily married to Catherine Hogarth, and he met and fell in love with a young actress named Ellen Ternan while he was acting in Wilkie Collins's play. This situation proved to be the final disaster in his marriage, and he separated from Catherine Hogarth in 1859. This unusual split, along with some well-publicized affairs that came afterward, increased the author's' notoriety but decreased his popularity somewhat towards the end of his life.
Podell and Stewart most recently contributed to the original story for “Cars 3.” They also sold a pitch for a drama about a minister who reveals he is gay last season, also at ABC. Prior to that, their feature script “Seuss” landed them one of the top spots on the 2012 Black List. Both men have also worked as actors in their careers, with Podell having appeared in shows such as “The Young and the Restless,” “24,” “JAG,” and “The West Wing,” as well as films like “Behind Enemy Lines.” Stewart appeared in the 2002 comedy film “The Sweetest Thing” and wrote and co-directed the short “Doing Time.”