Starz will air its new take on the King Arthur tale starting April 1st, 2011 at 10PM ET. Camelot, which stars Joseph Fiennes (Flash Forward) as Merlin and Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight saga, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows) as King Arthur, is a 10-episode drama show on location in Ireland and will provide a new version of the classic tale. Read on for the press release.
Interestingly, this places it’s debut on the same day that Merlin‘s Series 3 finale should take place on Syfy.
STARZ SETS APRIL 1st PREMIERE DATE FOR ‘CAMELOT,’ A NEW TAKE ON THE TIMELESS TALE OF KING ARTHUR
Epic Adventure Series Stars Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green and Jamie Campbell Bower
Los Angeles – December, 20 2010 – “Camelot,” the highly anticipated original series, will premiere on Starz Friday, April 1st at 10 p.m. et/pt, the network announced today.
The 10-episode epic drama, redefines the classic medieval tale of King Arthur with an exciting ensemble cast including Joseph Fiennes reimagining the iconic role of Merlin, Jamie Campbell Bower as the young and reckless Arthur, and Eva Green in her television debut as the darkly powerful Morgan. The character-driven series also features Tamsin Egerton (Guinevere), Claire Forlani (Igraine) and Peter Mooney (Kay).
In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther’s unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new King, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur’s harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination. Forget everything you think you know…this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.
Starz’ newest original series takes a distinctly fresh approach to one of the most enduring tales of all time, and brims with love, power and betrayal amidst breathtaking locales. Shot on-location in Ireland, “Camelot” is an Irish-Canadian co-production from Octagon and Take 5 Productions, and executive produced along with Ecosse Films and GK-tv. Starz and GK-tv are the U.S. and international distributors of “Camelot,” respectively, and Take 5 Productions holds Canadian rights.
About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.4 million and 32 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).
About GK Films
Launched in January of 2010, GK-tv is the television division of Academy Award®-winning producer Graham King and Tim Headington’s GK Films. Led by President, Craig Cegielski, GK-tv is dedicated to the development, production and worldwide distribution of cinematic-quality television programming. GK-tv’s first project, “Camelot,” is an Irish-Canadian co-production which wrapped production in Ireland in November 2010. Graham King and Tim Headington launched the independent production company, GK Films, in May 2007. Under King’s previous banner, Initial Entertainment Group, he produced such critically and commercially successful films as Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Ali, Traffic, and The Departed. In total, King’s films have been nominated for 41 Academy Awards®, 31 Golden Globes and 35 British Academy Awards, and have grossed over $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. GK Films’ recent releases include The Town, directed and starring Ben Affleck, and The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. GK Films is currently shooting the children’s adventure Hugo Cabret, directed by Martin Scorsese, which will be released in December 2011. GK Films and GK-tv can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.gk-films.com.