Wednesday, 23 November 2011

PRIMEVAL co-creator adapting best-selling novel LABYRINTH for television

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

I was doing some research recently and discovered news of a television project I wasn't aware of, so thought I'd blog about it here. It's a new four-part miniseries by Adrian Hodges (Primeval), adapted from the best-selling novel Labyrinth by Kate Mosse...

From the author's own website, a description of the basic plot:

In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny.

July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade to stamp out heresy that will rip apart southern France, Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father as he leaves to fight the crusaders. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. As crusading armies led by Church potentates and nobles of northern France gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take great sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.

In the present, another woman sees the find as a means to the political power she craves; while a man who has great power will kill to destroy all traces of the discovery and everyone who stands in his way.
Labyrinth is currently filming in France for a 2012 release, starring Tom Felton (Harry Potter, above), John Hurt (Alien), Sebastian Stan (Captain America), Katie McGrath (Merlin, above) and Tony Curran (The Pillars Of The Earth). It's been developed by Ridley Scott's (Gladiator) production company Scott Free.

I hadn't heard anything about this, so just thought it was worth bringing to wider attention here. Has anyone read Mosse's book? If so, does this have potential to be something special?