The Librarian (franchise)

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The Librarian franchise
StarringNoah Wyle
Bob Newhart
Jane Curtin
Olympia Dukakis
 
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The Librarian franchise
StarringNoah Wyle
Bob Newhart
Jane Curtin
Olympia Dukakis

The Librarian is a series of made-for-TV original movies from Turner Network Television, starring Noah Wyle as a librarian who protects a secret collection of artifacts.

Movies[edit]

Origin[edit]

Dean Devlin, through his production company Electric Entertainment, brought David Titcher's original pitch to TNT. David Titcher wrote and created the original movie that sequels were based on.[1] The director of the first film was Peter Winther and the writer/creator was David Titcher who also co-produced with Marc Roskin and Kearie Peak. In 2004, they planned to produce three Librarian films with ER star Wyle.

"Dean's pitch was a refreshing take on the hero story", TNT Senior Vice President of Original Programming Michael Wright said. "Instead of a muscle-bound, spandex-clad superman, we get an insecure but brilliant guy who thinks he's taking a safe job as a librarian, but instead gets taken on a ride in a world we'd like to believe exists."[1]

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004)[edit]

Quest for the Spear introduces Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle), who is hired by the Metropolitan Public Library as a librarian. What Flynn doesn't realize is the library has existed for centuries and protects a range of historical and often magical items in a secret section of the library, including The Ark of the Covenant, Pandora's box, and Excalibur. When part of the Spear of Destiny is stolen from the library, Flynn must recover it with the help of Nicole Noone.

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006)[edit]

Return to King Solomon's Mines begins with Flynn's attending a party at his mother's house, where he meets up with his "Uncle" Jerry, a close friend of his late father. Soon Flynn is on a quest to locate King Solomon's Mines, and along the way he teams up with Emily Davenport, an archaeologist who helps Flynn translate the Akon (aklo algolis) language. When they meet up with Jerry in Kenya, all is not what it seems...

The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008)[edit]

Curse of the Judas Chalice finds Flynn suffering from a series of strange dreams which led him to New Orleans, where he finds himself in the midst of uncovering a conspiracy that involves the notorious vampire Prince Vlad Dracul. Once again, Flynn must overcome his fears and protect one of the world's most sacred artifacts, the Judas Chalice, or face the consequences of it falling into the wrong hands.

The Librarians (2014)[edit]

TNT has ordered a 10-episode series version of the Librarian, following four new characters who work for The Library. The four are:

Jenkins (John Larroquette) will serve as the quartet’s reluctant, sometimes cantankerous caretaker; he’s worked at the Library’s branch office “for longer than anyone knows” and has extensive knowledge of ancient lore. The quartet will battle the Serpent Brotherhood, a cult led by the mysterious immortal Dulaque, a recurring role played by Matt Frewer.[2]

“The Librarians” centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library that solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. For the past 10 years, Flynn Carsen (Wyle) has served as the Librarian, collecting and protecting these artifacts and preventing them from falling into the wrong hands. But as great as Flynn is, the job of Librarian has become more than one person can handle. To aid him in his duties, the Library has recruited four people from around the world: Eve Baird (Romijn), a highly skilled counter-terrorism agent who is responsible for protecting the group and keeping them all alive; Jake Stone (Kane), an Oklahoma oil worker with an IQ of 190 and an encyclopedic knowledge of art history; Cassandra (Booth), a quirky young woman with the special gift of auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval, known as synesthesia; and Ezekiel Jones (Kim), a master of new technologies and aficionado of old classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery. Overseeing the new team of Librarians is the cantankerous Jenkins (Larroquette), an expert in ancient lore who has been working out of the Library’s branch office for longer than anyone knows. Together, they must tangle with many adversaries, chief of whom is the Serpent Brotherhood, an ancient cult led by the mysterious immortal Dulaque (Frewer).

Upcoming films[edit]

Producer Dean Devlin had indicated that the next film in the Librarian series would be a theatrical release. Shooting was planned for some time in 2009.[3] However, actor Noah Wyle later said in an interview at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con that shooting had not begun and there were no immediate plans for a theatrical release of the next film in the series.[4]

In other media[edit]

Comic books[edit]

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines[edit]

Released in November 2006, Electric Entertainment and Atlantis Studios produced a graphic novel adaptation of Return to King Solomon's Mines. The adaptation was written by James Watson and illustrated by Nate Pride. Atlantis Studios has a website for the adaptation.

Original stories[edit]

Electric Entertainment and Atlantis Studios additionally signed an exclusive worldwide agreement to produce an original comic book series based on The Librarian characters. “Comics are great opportunities to explore mythology, history, and each character in a way we could never do on film”, said Executive Producer Dean Devlin. “There are thousands of artifacts in the Library – each one a new adventure. Based on the response we’ve had from the first film, fans of all ages loved the characters and want to see more. This series will give it to them.”[5]

Books[edit]

The Adventures of the Librarian: Quest For The Spear[edit]

A novelization of the first movie was adapted by Christopher Tracy as The Adventures of the Librarian: Quest For The Spear, which was published in 2004.[6]

Characters[edit]

CharacterFilm
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
(2004)
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines
(2006)
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
(2008)
Flynn CarsenNoah Wyle
CharleneJane Curtin
JudsonBob Newhart
Margie CarsenOlympia Dukakis 
Debra Markham PorterLisa Brenner 
Edward WildeKyle MacLachlan 
Nicole NooneSonya Walger 
LanaKelly Hu 
"Uncle" Jerry Robert Foxworth 
Emily Davenport Gabrielle Anwar 
Jomo Hakeem Kae-Kazim 
Gen. Samir Erick Avari 
Professor Lazlo / Vlad Bruce Davison
Simone Renoir Stana Katic
Sergei Kubichek Dikran Tulaine
Ivan Jason Douglas
Katie Beth Burvant

The Librarians[edit]

The Librarians are the guardians of powerful and magical relics, have been for centuries, and often undertake globe-spanning adventures to recover items and store them in the Library. Some of the relics in the library include: The Mona Lisa, Excalibur, the Ark of the Covenant, the Fountain of Youth, the Nautilus, Noah's Ark, Pan's Flute, Pandora's box, Poseidon's trident, the Shroud of Turin. There are also living assets within the Library; for example, the Loch Ness Monster can be seen in the water around the "tree" made of walkways at the end of the Judas Chalice adventure.

Awards[edit]

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines[edit]

Won[edit]

Nominated[edit]

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear[edit]

Nominated[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]