Starz boards 10-part series ‘Camelot’

Graham King's GK-TV will distribute worldwide

LONDON — U.S. cable net Starz has acquired the latest re-telling of the Arthurian myth, “Camelot,” a 10-part co-production involving the U.K., Ireland and Canada.

Skein will be made by British shingle Ecosse Films, Dublin’s Octagon Films and Toronto’s Take Five Productions from a script written by Michael Hurst (“The Tudors”) and Chris Chibnall (“Life on Mars” and “Torchwood”).

Ecosse’s Douglas Rae, Octagon’s James Flynn and Morgan O’Sullivan are the exec producers. Michael Parke from Ecosse will produce.

Graham King will also exec produce and distribute the series worldwide via GK-TV.

He said: “GK-TV was started with the goal of producing compelling cinematic quality programming for television.

“The legend of King Arthur is a fascinating story that we couldn’t be more excited to have as our first television project.”

Added Rae: “This will be a series of genuine ambition on the scale of ‘Rome’ and ‘Band of Brothers.’ ”

“Camelot” is based on Thomas Mallory’s 5th century book “Le Morte d’Arthur.”

Shooting will start in Ireland this summer and the show intends to be on air in 2011.

“Camelot” is the fifth collaboration between Ecosse Films and Octagon. The others include “My Boy Jack,” staring Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall, and “Becoming Jane,” featuring Anne Hathaway.

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