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Paulo Coelho signs with FremantleMedia for first TV series

Untitled show follows young priest on journey of self-discovery.

FremantleMedia North America (Fmna) has signed The Alchemist author Paulo Coelho to an exclusive deal to develop the first-ever TV drama series based on the work of the Brazilian novelist.

The deal – which also involves Fmna-owned Random House Studio and Dancing Ledge Productions, the UK company in which FremantleMedia has a stake – covers an as yet untitled series that will follow a young priest on a journey of self-discovery as he is ostracised by the church and hunted by a powerful crime family.

The project will explore themes and characters from
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Neil Gaiman To Adapt The Gormenghast Fantasy Novels as a Series with Akiva Goldsman

Neil Gaiman To Adapt The Gormenghast Fantasy Novels as a Series with Akiva Goldsman
Neil Gaiman is teaming up with Akiva Goldsman to bring the Gormenghast fantasy series to TV in an effort to give fans an in-depth look at what is perhaps one of the most impressive stories ever written. The series is comprised of five books written by Mervyn Peake and the story focuses upon the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast. The structure is described as sprawling, gothic-like structure that features a wide cast of characters such as Titus, who is the heir to the House of Groan. There are also other such as the kitchen boy Steerpike who constantly schemes against everyone

Neil Gaiman To Adapt The Gormenghast Fantasy Novels as a Series with Akiva Goldsman
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Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman to adapt Gormenghast for the small screen

Deadline is reporting that Fremantle North America has tapped Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery) to develop a TV adaptation of British author Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast book series.

“There is nothing in literature like Mervyn Peake’s remarkable Gormenghast novels,” said Gaiman. “They were crafted by a master, who was also an artist, and they take us to an ancient castle as big as a city, with heroes and villains and people larger than life that are impossible to forget. There is a reason why there were two trilogies that lovers of the fantasy genre embraced in the Sixties: Lord of the Rings, and the Gormenghast books. It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity to help shepherd Peake’s brilliant and singular vision to the screen.”

“Nothing combines a dark atmosphere with humor and intrigue the way that Gormenghast does. It’s
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Neil Gaiman to produce Gormenghast adaptation for TV

Author set to adapt Mervyn Peake’s gothic fantasy series for TV, after years of talks

Neil Gaiman will help bring Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast books to the small screen after years of talks about a new adaptation of the gothic fantasy series.

Gaiman, who began discussions with studios about a film adaptation of Peake’s tale in 2015, will produce a television series instead. Set in the crumbling castle of Gormenghast, the books follow the life of Titus Groan, the 77th Earl of Groan, and the machinations of the monstrously ambitious kitchen boy, Steerpike.

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Neil Gaiman attached to 'Gormenghast' TV adaptation

Neil Gaiman attached to 'Gormenghast' TV adaptation
Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman are non-writing executive producers for FremantleMedia.

FremantleMedia North America (Fmna) has bought the rights to Mervyn Peake’s fantasy novel series Gormenghast and attached author Neil Gaiman and film writer-producer Akiva Goldsman as non-writing executive producers of a new TV adaptation.

Fmna said it secured rights to all five books in the series, which comprises Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone and novella Boy In Darkness, all published between 1946 and 1956, and Titus Awakes, completed after Peake’s death and published in 2009.

The books trace the life of Titus Groan, reluctant heir to Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom,
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TV News Roundup: Anthony Hemingway to Direct ‘The Purge’ Series Premiere

In today’s roundup, independent studio Cedar Park announced it will develop the Cuban-focused show “The Exiles,” and Anthony Hemingway will direct the pilot of series “The Purge.”

Development

Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Television announced that Anthony Hemingway (“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.”) will direct the premiere episode of USA/Syfy series “The Purge.” The show is based on the film franchise and is executive produced by the creator James DeMonaco. Thomas Kelly will be the executive producer and showrunner of the series.

Chris Long and David Ayer’s independent studio Cedar Park announced Tuesday
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"Gormenghast" TV Series

Oscar winning screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind") and Neil Gaiman ("American Gods") will adapt creator Mervyn Peake's 5 "Gormenghast" books into a TV series for FremantleMedia (North America):

Peake originally wrote three novels in the series including "Titus Groan" (1946), "Gormenghast" (1950)...

...and "Titus Alone" (1959), before his death in 1968. 

In addition, Peake's novella "Boy in Darkness" (1956) and "Titus Awakes" (2009), a posthumously published novel completed and published by Peake's widow, will also be adapted.

"There is nothing in literature like Mervyn Peake's remarkable 'Gormenghast' novels," said Gaiman.

"They were crafted by a master, who was also an artist, and they take us to an ancient castle as big as a city, with heroes and villains and people larger than life that are impossible to forget. There is a reason why there were two trilogies that lovers of the fantasy genre embraced in the Sixties: 'Lord of the Rings'
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‘Gormenghast’ Fantasy Novels to Be Adapted for TV By Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman

‘Gormenghast’ Fantasy Novels to Be Adapted for TV By Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman
Neil Gaiman is stepping up his TV game. The author has been gradually making his way over to the small screen, first executive producing the Starz adaptation of his magnum opus novel, American Gods, then taking on the role of showrunner for the BBC adaptation of Good Omens. Now, he will be teaming up with Akiva Goldsman to […]

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Neil Gaiman Will Adapt The Gormenghast Fantasy Novels as a Series with Akiva Goldsman

Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, The Dark Tower) are teaming up to adapt the fantasy novel series Gormenghast into a TV show for FremantleMedia North America, who just secured the rights to the property.

The series consists of five books that were written by Mervyn Peake and the story follows the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, "a sprawling, decaying, gothic-like structure with a raft of characters including Titus, the heir to the throne of the House of Groan, scheming kitchen boy Steerpike and twin sisters Cora and Clarice."

The BBC actually adapted the first two books in the series, Titus Groan and Gormenghast, as a four-part series back in 2000 with actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee. I'm not really familiar with the books or the story, but it sounds like it could be a great series that fantasy fans can enjoy and it's a great project for
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Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman Adapting Gothic Novel Epic ‘Gormenghast’

Late British author Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast series of novels (four in total, plus a novella), which center on the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, a sprawling, decaying, gothic-like structure, are soon headed to the small screen, as Deadline reports today that Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman are adapting the fantasy series. FremantleMedia North America has optioned all five stories in […]
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Neil Gaiman & ‘A Beautiful Mind’s Akiva Goldsman To Adapt Fantasy Novels ‘Gormenghast’ For FremantleMedia

Exclusive: FremantleMedia North America is doubling down on the fantastical after securing the rights to sprawling novel series Gormenghast with Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) lined up to adapt for television. I understand the company won a hotly contested battle to option the five books in the series, written by British author Mervyn Peake from literary agent Jonathan Sissons at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop. It marks the first television adaptation of the…
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Neil Gaiman to Produce Gormenghast TV Series Adaptation

Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman are joining forces to produce a TV series adaptation of the late Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels for FremantleMedia. Gaiman, of course, is a world renowned fantasy and horror author who made his name writing The Sandman comic books for DC’s Vertigo in the late 1980s and early ’90s, before going on to pen such acclaimed novels as American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has also ventured further into the pool of television in recent years, having written multiple Doctor Who episodes and produced the American Gods TV series for FremantleMedia and Starz.
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Odile Dicks-Mireaux on Enhancing Saoirse's Journey in "Brooklyn" / Reuniting with Rachel Weisz for "Denial"

Odile Dicks-Mireaux. Image via Female FirstThe thing about Brooklyn is that everyone can relate to it. Stories of immigration touch almost everyone, or at least run through their family's DNA. Even the move from one state with a personality quite unlike your original home, can feel like a reinvention.  Nearly a year after seeing Brooklyn for the first time it's strange to think that I worried that people wouldn't connect to it! Who needs sensationalistic drama when a story is this really. When it's power can sneak up on you? 

I had the pleasure of discussing this universal resonance, and the job of defining Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) through her costume changes with the designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux, who herself related to the story. Her mother was French and her father British and they met, both immigrants, in Brooklyn in the 1940s, and built a life in a foreign country together. Odile
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Gormenghast: Neil Gaiman reveals movie talks

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Plans are afoot to bring Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels to the movies - and Neil Gaiman is involved...

Now here's some exciting news. Mervyn Peake's series of Gormenghast novels looks like it's heading to the movies - and Neil Gaiman is heavily involved.

Gaiman's long been a fan of Peake's series, and on his Twitter feed, he dropped the news of a potential film adaptation. But don't take our word for it. Here's the Tweet from the man himself...

Tomorrow we start talking to studios, and will soon find out which of them wants to make Mervyn Peake's wonderful Gormenghast as a movie.

Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 9, 2015

This is news that's pretty much landed out of nowhere, but we're excited to hear it.

Gormenghast was the subject of a television production starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee back in 2000, but the stories of
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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Iconic star's life and career in pictures

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Iconic star's life and career in pictures
Sir Christopher Lee, one of the world's most celebrated actors, has died at the age of 93.

In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Christopher had over 280 screen credits in film and TV, and brought some of cinema's most iconic characters to life - Dracula, Saruman, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Frankenstein's monster, The Wicker Man's Lord Summerisle and James Bond villain Scaramanga, to name just a few.

Take a look back at some of his most memorable career moments below:

1940s: Career beginnings with Rank

Sir Christopher Lee started his film career in the late 1940s following service in the Raf during World War II.

After the war ended, he turned down his old job at pharmaceutical company Beechams to train at the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth - nicknamed the 'Rank Charm School'.

1957: The Curse of Frankenstein

He made his debut with gothic horror producers Hammer Films in The Curse of Frankenstein.
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Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93

Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93
Christopher Lee, the second most famous Dracula of the 20th century — an impressive feat — and a memorably irrepressible villain in James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun,” in the Star Wars films and in “The Lord of the Rings” pics, has died. He was 93.

Lee appeared in 10 films as Count Dracula (nine if his uncredited role in the comedy “One More Time” is excluded).

His first role for famed British horror factory Hammer Films was not the Transylvanian vampire, however, but Frankenstein’s Monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” His close friend Peter Cushing, with whom he would co-star in horror films frequently, starred as the Baron.

Lee made his first appearance as the sharp-toothed Count in 1958’s “Horror of Dracula.”

For reasons not quite certain, he skipped the 1960 sequel “Brides of Dracula,” but he returned to the role for 1965’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” — a movie
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In memoriam: Sir Christopher Lee 1922-2015

We're deeply sad to report that Sir Christopher Lee, the true legend of stage and screen, has passed away.

"Legend" is an overused word these days, but not when it comes to the wonderful Christopher Lee.

Famous for his roles The Man With The Golden Gun and Lord Of The Rings and Hammer's string of horror films, and beloved for his sonorous voice and commanding persona, Lee was a constant presence on the small and silver screen.

But it's our sad duty to report that Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.

His departure brings to a close one of the most extraordinary careers in screen history. He's starred in some of the films that Den Of Geek loves to write about on a daily basis - his work for Hammer (most famously the 1958 classic Dracula) could fill a lengthy and fascinating volume. His performance in Robin Hardy's folk horror classic,
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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went
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The best Christmas 2014 TV and radio

We’ve scanned the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules for the festive fortnight and circled a few programmes you may enjoy…

We’ve taken our glittery pen to the pages of this year’s festive TV Listings guide to circle a selection of shows that might tickle your Christmas fancy.

Supplement your festive box-set viewing with appearances from the Doctor and Clara, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Danielle George, the work of Roald Dahl, Charlie Brooker, David Attenborough, the much-missed Rik Mayall, and many more...

Drama Doctor Who: Last Christmas

The tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special since the show’s 2005 return, and Peter Capaldi’s first real festive Tardis adventure. Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen all co-star in this Father Christmas North Pole caper, alongside Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Watch the latest trailer, here.

When’s it on? 6.15pm on Christmas Day,
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The Once And Future King dramatisation coming to BBC R4

T.H. White’s Arthurian fantasy classic will air as a six-part radio drama on BBC R4 this November…

Following on from its Dangerous Visions sci-fi season, and before this December’s Good Omens adaptation, the BBC Radio 4 drama department is serving up yet more glorious geek fare in the form of a six-part dramatisation of T.H White’s The Once And Future King.

White’s tetralogy of books, largely written in the early Second World War though first published collectively in 1958, tells the legend of Arthur’s apprenticeship to wizard Merlyn as a young boy, the inception of the Round Table at Camelot and King Arthur’s struggles as ruler, dealings with Morgause and Mordred, and the relationship between Queen Guenever and Sir Lancelot.

As well as wry humour and action romps, a thread of political debate over the philosophy that “might is right” runs throughout White’s book,
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