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Contemporary Camelot heading to TV

Story by Jack Foley

A CONTEMPORARY version of Camelot is heading to TV from the same US TV channel responsible for controversial epic, Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Based on Thomas Malory’s 15th Century compilation, Le Morte d’Arthur, the 10-episode series aims to [re]-“tell the universal story of Camelot on a global scale”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Casting is currently under way with a view to commencing production in June in Ireland, where both The Tudors and HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones, starring Sean Bean, are filmed.

Chris Albrecht, president and CEO of US pay cabler Starz, commented: “The story of Arthur isn’t history, it’s mythology, and Camelot isn’t a place but an idea of hope that has resonated at different times throughout history.

“It [the series] will be a highly entertaining and distinctly original TV programme that fits in perfectly with our line-up.”

The producing team will be led by Oscar-winning producer Graham King as well as Tudors masterminds Morgan O’Sullivan and Michael Hirst.

British writer Chris (Torchwood) Chibnall is penning the script, which will take the form of a romantic adventure.