Camelot – A Contemporary Take on the Arthurian Legend by Starz

Starz have greenlit a new TV series called Camelot. It is a contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend by the team behind successes like Tudors, Life on Mars, Torchwood, The Departed and the upcoming The Tourist. It will air first half of 2011 and the order is for 10 episodes.

“Camelot” will be based on Thomas Malory’s 15th century book,” Le Morte d’Arthur” – still considered the definitive work on the subject. But that’s only a starting point; “Camelot” will weave authenticity into a modern telling of the Arthur legends that is relatable to contemporary audiences.

The series will be shot in Ireland, with post-production to be completed in Canada.

– Our goal for this project is to bring a fresh and contemporary take to one of the most classic medieval tales. In keeping with the GK-TV vision, we have assembled top level writers and producers to help tell the universal story of Camelot on a global scale says GK-TV president Craig Cegielski.

Casting is underway for the production, with the cast expected to feature fresh talent combined with established faces who will enhance the high quality of the new series. Production is slated to begin in June of this year.

This is not the first time Camelot have been up for a series, Showtime & BBC had a very similar project for 2008 also produced by Ecosse Films and Octagon Filmes.

Sources: thefutoncriticthr, nytimes.com, tbi

  • lukie

    this tv series been filmed in ardmore studios,co wicklow is not going as swimmingly as some may think, the construction manager who is on for this job has blacklisted a few decent hard-working family men, whom have worked in this industry a long time. As a result there is now a protest ongoing on the gates of these premises. the other day one of the construction guys drove his car at a protestor and kept going back inside the building leaving the poor guy to be carted off in an ambulance. the production manager and the construction manager are both very aware of this incident and whats going on outside. its an utter disgrace, the main problem is a few men were promised work by said construction manager and he never followed through on his word he said i on front of union representatives and nothing has come of it only men been hired who have never worked in the industry or have never been part of a union up until the first day they were hired. here are men who have been paying thier dues to the union for years weather they are employed or unemployed and this is the thanks they get them on a gate and criminals who assault people working away happily. the main man who brings all these films and the likes into ireland is standing by letting all this happen is he as bad???

  • lukie

    this tv series been filmed in ardmore studios,co wicklow is not going as swimmingly as some may think, the construction manager who is on for this job has blacklisted a few decent hard-working family men, whom have worked in this industry a long time. As a result there is now a protest ongoing on the gates of these premises. the other day one of the construction guys drove his car at a protestor and kept going back inside the building leaving the poor guy to be carted off in an ambulance. the production manager and the construction manager are both very aware of this incident and whats going on outside. its an utter disgrace, the main problem is a few men were promised work by said construction manager and he never followed through on his word he said i on front of union representatives and nothing has come of it only men been hired who have never worked in the industry or have never been part of a union up until the first day they were hired. here are men who have been paying thier dues to the union for years weather they are employed or unemployed and this is the thanks they get them on a gate and criminals who assault people working away happily. the main man who brings all these films and the likes into ireland is standing by letting all this happen is he as bad???

  • Eirinaios Zeeros

    Having seen Episode One of this new Camelot, I have mixed feelings about how writers for movies always seem to make uncomfortable twists in the original tale as most of my generation knows it. The most annoying aspect, however, is what I feel is excessive nudity being used, just as there was so much of it in the Spartacus series. As an artist who worked with nude models, I am hardly bothered by seeing nude figures on the one hand, but on the other hand I’m not too thrilled with the distraction it adds to the story. The tangles between characters may move the tale forward, but the nudity itself is more gratuitous than necessary. It’s a sad observation that our society seems to have become so sex-mad, and has left real, unconditional love on the wayside. But, since I am an Arthuriana fanatic, I’ll take any production that adds to the works retelling the legend. So, I like the new production more than I dislike limited details.
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