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Old May 24 2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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TV Shows about Vikings and pirates in development

A TV show about the Vikings is in development, as well as three shows about pirates.

Report about Vikings from Deadline Hollywood:

In one of the highest-profile TV projects to come out of post-bankruptcy MGM, the studio has teamed with The Tudors and Camelot masterminds Michael Hirst and Morgan O'Sullivan for Vikings (working title), a drama series about the famous Scandinavian warriors. Hirst, creator of Showtime's The Tudors and co-creator of Starz's Camelot, created Vikings and will executive produce with Irish-based producer O'Sullivan and producers/managers Sherry Marsh and Alan Gasmer. The series is eyed to begin production on a 10-episode first season next year at O'Sullivan's soon-to-open studio facility in Ireland. It will be an Ireland-Canada co-production in the mold of O'Sullivan's production model for The Tudors and Camelot. MGM, which has been involved in the development of the project, will finance 100% of the cost outside of Canada and Ireland and will distribute the series in the U.S. and internationally. Vikings is considered better suited for cable, and, because of the appetite for big, historic epics on pay TV, a pay cable play appears likely.

The idea for a Viking series started with Marsh, who took it to fellow producer/manager Gasmer. The two pitched it to MGM EVP International TV Distribution Chris Ottinger, who suggested taking the international co-production route and brought in O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan called up frequent collaborator and avid historian Hirst, who turned out to be a Viking buff and had written an unproduced feature script about the famous barbarians years ago. Hirst is working on a bible for the series and is expected to write most or all episodes. (He famously wrote every single episode of The Tudors.) The series will chronicle the Vikings' exploits as warriors, explorers, builders, merchants, pirates and mercenaries through what is known as the Viking Age of Scandinavian, British and Irish history from the late-8th to the mid-11th century. It will center on Ragnar Lodbrok, one of the most popular Viking heroes, a great commander who briefly ruled Denmark and Sweden and was linked to two shieldmaidens and a queen.
Report about Pyrates from Deadline Hollywood:

[Fox] is in negotiations for the project, Pyrates, which is envisioned as a 10-13-episode event-type limited series for summer 2012. The series was created by Law & Order/Numbers veteran Barry Schindel, with Stephen Hopkins (24) on board to direct the first episode. Indie producer Ensemble Entertainment is producing in association with Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free Prods. Based on historical events, Pyrates is described as a gritty portrayal of the men and women who pulled off the largest heist on pirate history -- the capture of the Spanish silver fleet in 1628 -- sparking the golden age of piracy, a time when there was greater honor amongst thieves than those who hunted them. Ensemble is exploring an international co-production model for the project and is scouting potential locations for the production, including the Caribbean and Australia. Endemol will handle international distribution for Pyrates through the first-look deal with Ensemble the company signed last fall.
Report about Port Royal from Deadline Hollywood:

Graham King’s GK-tv and Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment have partnered with FX Prods and Fox International Channels to co-produce hourlong period drama series Port Royal. The project, based on the original idea by Hurd, will be developed for FX in the U.S. and Fox's international channels abroad. GK-tv and Valhalla first unveiled Port Royal at last month's MIPTV, drawing interest from multiple suitors before teaming with FIC and FX, "a network that never shies away from provocative storytelling, which is ideally suited to the decadent and dangerous world of Port Royal," GK-tv president Craig Cegielski said. Port Royal reunites The Walking Dead executive producer Hurd with FIC, which distributes internationally the hit AMC series. Set in the late 17th century on the island of Jamaica, Port Royal chronicles the namesake port’s notorious rise as the “richest and wickedest city” in the new world, and as a self-governing safe haven for cutthroat pirates, corrupt politicians and ruthless merchants. Executive produing the project are Hurd and GK-tv’s Graham King, Tim Headington and Cegielski.
Report about Villains of All Nations from The Hollywood Reporter:

British writer-producer Lynda La Plante, best known for the Prime Suspect series with Helen Mirren, has inked a deal with Lionsgate TV to develop Villains of All Nations, Marcus Rediker’s book about pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries. Villains will be developed into a one-hour drama series, with La Plante joining executive producers Alexandra Milchan (Street Kings) and Alessandro Camon (Thank You for Smoking).

“We’ve been hoping to work with Lynda for some time and the stars have finally aligned on this project,” said president of Lionsgate TV Kevin Beggs. “Not only is she a brilliant writer, she happens to have a longtime love and knowledge of the subject matter and we believe she can achieve exactly the kind of ‘Deadwood on the seas’ sensibility we’re looking for.”
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