Labyrinth (miniseries)

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Labyrinth
Labyrinth-packshot.jpg
DVD cover
GenreHistorical
Distributed byTandem Communications
Directed byChristopher Smith
Produced byExecutive producers:
Tim Halkin
Liza Marshall
Rola Bauer
Jonas Bauer
Adrian Hodges
Producers:
Moritz Polter
Christopher Hall
Screenplay byAdrian Hodges
Based onLabyrinth 
by Kate Mosse
Starring
Music byTrevor Jones
Production company
Budget20 Mil. USD
Country
LanguageEnglish
Original channel
Release date2012
Running time180 min
No. of episodes2
Official website
 
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Labyrinth
Labyrinth-packshot.jpg
DVD cover
GenreHistorical
Distributed byTandem Communications
Directed byChristopher Smith
Produced byExecutive producers:
Tim Halkin
Liza Marshall
Rola Bauer
Jonas Bauer
Adrian Hodges
Producers:
Moritz Polter
Christopher Hall
Screenplay byAdrian Hodges
Based onLabyrinth 
by Kate Mosse
Starring
Music byTrevor Jones
Production company
Budget20 Mil. USD
Country
LanguageEnglish
Original channel
Release date2012
Running time180 min
No. of episodes2
Official website

Labyrinth is a historical television miniseries based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Kate Mosse. The setting jumps between modern and medieval France and follows two women (Vanessa Kirby, Jessica Brown Findlay) who are searching for the Holy Grail. Other cast members include Katie McGrath, Tom Felton, Sebastian Stan, Emun Elliott, Tony Curran, and John Hurt. Adrian Hodges adapted the novel for the series, which was directed by Christopher Smith.

A German-South African co-production, the two-part series was filmed on-location in the medieval town of Carcassonne in southwest France and Cape Town, South Africa. It was executive-produced by Tim Halkin, Liza Marshall, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Rola Bauer, Jonas Bauer, and Hodges.

The series aired in Canada, Korea, Poland and Portugal in autumn 2012, in Sweden in December 2012, the UK in March 2013, the U.S. in May 2014, and is set to air in Austria and Germany early 2013. The running time was originally announced, and is still stated on the official website, as being "four hours". However, the broadcast version only runs for three hours.

Overview[edit]

The series follows two women—medieval Alaïs Pelletier du Mas (Jessica Brown Findlay), who lives through the Crusades and Cathar massacres in medieval France, and modern-day Alice Tanner (Vanessa Kirby)—in their quest to find the Holy Grail.[1] Alice, a volunteer at a French archaeological excavation, discovers the skeletal remains of two people in a cave, as well as a labyrinth-engraved ring, which attracts the attention of unscrupulous individuals. In 1209, newly married Alaïs is living in Carcassonne, a stronghold of Cathars who have been declared heretical by the Church. Alaïs and her father are protecting three sacred books that reveal the secret of the Holy Grail from the Crusaders.[2][3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

The novel Labyrinth was written by English author Kate Mosse and published in 2005. It was the best-selling fiction title in 2006 in the United Kingdom and reached The New York Times bestseller list. The novel has also been translated and published in 38 languages worldwide.[4]

Development[edit]

Variety reported in March 2011 that Ridley Scott was developing a television adaptation of Labyrinth.[1] The production is a collaboration between Scott's Scott Free production company, Tandem Communications (Germany), and Film Afrika Worldwide (South Africa), and in association with Universal Production Partners (Czech Republic).[5] It is considered a German-South African co-production.[4][5] Scott Free and Tandem previously collaborated on the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth.[5] The screenplay was adapted by Adrian Hodges.[5] Christopher Smith was signed on to direct.[6]

Filming began October 10, 2011, in the medieval town of Carcassonne, southwest France, before moving to Cape Town, South Africa in December.[4][5] Production designer Tom Hannam recreated parts of Carcassonne at Cape Town Film Studios.[4] The set created for the series has been kept as a permanent structure at the studio. The cinematographer is Australian Robert Humphreys[4]

The series has a total running time of 180 minutes and is split in two parts.[5]

Broadcast[edit]

In fall 2012, the series aired on Showcase in Canada, AXN in Korea, TVCine in Portugal, and Canal + Film in Poland.[7][8] It will air on Sat.1 in Germany, Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, 6ter in France, Telecinco in Spain, on 27 January 2013 on SOHO in Australia and ORF in Austria during 2013, on 25/26 March 2013 in Denmark on the DR1 TV station, and aired as a two-night event on May 22/23, 2014 in the United States on The CW. Labyrinth is distributed by Tandem worldwide.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jeffery, Morgan (2011-03-21). "Ridley Scott to produce 'Labyrinth'". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  2. ^ Anderton, Ethan (2011-09-29). "John Hurt, Sebastian Stan and More to Star in Ridley and Tony Scott’s Mini-Series Adaptation of Labyrinth". Collider.com. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  3. ^ Dimako, Peter (2011-10-18). "Labyrinth snags Tom Felton, Tony Curran". Upcoming-Movies.com. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "South Africa: Bestseller Filmed As Mini-Series in Cape Town". AllAfrica.com. 2011-12-05. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Roxborough, Scott (2011-09-29). "Game of Thrones' Emun Elliott, John Hurt to Star in Labyrinth Miniseries". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  6. ^ Brown, Todd (2011-10-19). "Christopher Smith Quests for the Holy Grail in Ridley Scott Produced Labyrinth". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  7. ^ Roxborough, Scott (2011-10-18). "EXCLUSIVE: First Photo of Ridley Scott's 'Labyrinth' Miniseries". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  8. ^ http://www.showcase.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?root_title_id=292079

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