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Beta bets on ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Alatriste’

Classic tales among production lineup

Beta Film is visiting classic and familiar territory with its upcoming projects, being tubthumped at the MipTV mart.

These include “Aladdin and the Princess,” a miniseries re-telling the “1001 Nights” tales, and “Alatriste,” an action-comedy series based on the historical novels of Arturo Perez-Reverte.

Munich-based Beta is partnering with Rome’s Lux Vide on the English-language “Aladdin,” commissioned by Italian pubcaster RAI.

CEO Jan Mojto said Beta was in advanced discussions with a Spanish co-producer for the skein’s 24-episode first season. Production will start in 2013.

Set in 17th-century Madrid, series turns on swordsman Diego Alatriste who is embroiled in a conspiracy to assassinate the prince of Wales and duke of Buckingham. Story is told through the eyes of Alatriste’s young page.

“It will be a mix of adventure and coming-of-age comedy,” said Mojto, describing the show as “The Three Musketeers” meets “The Tudors.”

Beta is also bringing “Baron Munchhausen” to the smallscreen. Produced by Teamworx, the miniseries about Germany’s most imaginative nobleman, starring Jan Josef Liefers, is in post and will air on pubcaster ARD in December.

In addition, Mojto is partnering with Teamworx on an adaptation of Peter Prange’s bestseller “Die Principessa,” about an English woman who falls in love with two brilliant architects in 17th-century Rome, and “Die Pilgerin,” the bestseller by Iny Klocke and Elmar Wohlrath, who write under the joint nom de plume Iny Lorentz. It follows a 14th-century woman who, disguised as a man, goes to Santiago de Compostela to fulfill her father’s final wish.

At Cannes, Beta is shopping Tom Fontana’s “Copper” to continental Europe and Asian buyers.

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