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BEOWULF: 13-Episode ITV Series Coming To Television

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ITV Orders 13-Episodes of Beowulf. U.K. broadcaster ITV has commissioned a 13-episode order for a television series based on Beowulf. Writer and executive producer James Dormer had this to say,

“Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story — it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry. But they also listened because they recognized themselves and their fears in it.”

“By holding a mirror up to them, this story helped define them and thus us,” he added. “So it’s incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to make it relevant again for a wide audience — to let them own it again, to let them see themselves in it.”

Beowulf is one of the oldest tales in English literature and has gone through countless iterations. In 2007 Paramount Pictures released a Robert Zemeckis directed feature length, cgi Beowulf film written by Neil Gaiman and starring Ray Winstone and Angelina Jolie. The film received a tepid reception from both critics and audiences

Due to the incredible critical and commercial success of Game Of Thrones, networks are frantically scrambling to find similar programming in order to tap into the burgeoning mainstream fantasy market. When producing period pieces budget is always a serious concern and it remains to be seen what level of production values the new Beowulf series will employ. That being said, the recent Marco Polo series has shown us that colossal budgets do not automatically equate to critical and commercial success.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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