Epic Poem You May Have Been Required to Read in English Lit Is About to Become a TV Show

Dec 15, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A classic piece of literature that has tormented English students for decades will soon be a TV series. Variety reports that U.K. broadcaster ITV has greenlighted a series adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon poem “Beowulf.”

The adaptation is being handled by James Dormer, who recently served as executive producer for two seasons on “Strike Back.”

ITV says the series will be “a Western set in the Dark Ages of Britain’s mythic past.”

Variety adds: “The 13-part series is set in the mythical Shieldlands, ‘a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures,’ said ITV. Dormer will write and executive produce the show, which will be filmed in England’s North East. Filming will begin in April 2015. There are no casting details at present.”

ITV said of the project: “‘Beowulf’ is a series about courage, greed, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, power, man versus wilderness and, of course, love. It is a series that explores the notion of good and evil, heroes and villains. However, beyond these wider political undercurrents and inner personal turmoils are the excitement, danger and sense of adventure that any great Western has. Epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles are an essential part of the promise.”


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