Given how exciting the source material is, it’s nearly unfathomable how dull Robert Zemeckis and Neil Gaiman’s BEOWULF was. The Ray Winstone-starring CG-fest may well be eight years behind us, but the story of the 9th century epic poem continues to fascinate and DigitalSpy have revealed that ITV is adapting the poem into a thirteen-episode series.
James Dormer (WALLENDER, STRIKE BACK) will be penning the script and filling in as executive producer. He revealed, in an official press release, “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. 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.”
The series will be filmed in Northern England, and is expected to air next year.
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