NBCU’s Esquire Network has secured the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to ITV’s 13 episode Beowulf reboot starring Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) after striking a deal with international distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment, TVWise has confirmed.
“Beowulf exemplifies our commitment to delivering well-produced, vivid, and engaging programming to our audiences”, said Matt Hanna, Executive Vice-President of Development and Production for Esquire. “We’re thrilled to bring an impressive assembly of artists and visionaries to our lineup when the series unveils later next year.”
Described as a re-imagining of the classic tale, Beowulf follows the eponymous character who, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Hrothgar. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, winning favour with Herot’s new female Thane, and the wider community, in the process.
The cast is being led by Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Beowulf and also includes William Hurt (Humans) as Hrothgar, Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall) as Rheda, Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) as Slean and David Ajala (Black Box) as Rate. Ian Puleston-Davies, Ellora Torchia, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Susan Aderin, Kirsty Oswald, Laura Donnelly, Edward Hogg, Alex Price, Jack Rowan, Itoya Osagiede, Emmett J. Scanlan and David Harewood also star.
Co-created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, Beowulf is being produced by ITV’s sister company ITV Studios, who have been behind such efforts as Vera and Mr Selfridge. James Dormer, who has written extensively for the Sky1/Cinemax co-pro Strike Back, is penning the scripts and will executive produce alongside ITV Studios’ Tim Haines and Katie Newman. Production is now underway in County Durham and Northumberland for a 2016 premiere on ITV in the UK and Esquire in the United States.