LONDON — U.K. broadcaster the BBC has greenlit swords and sandals epic series “Troy: Fall of a City,” a visceral retelling of the Trojan War. The move is being seen by some as an attempt to get into the “Game of Thrones” game, with the BBC promising “an epic tale of love, revenge, intrigue and bloodshed.”
David Farr’s series, which is to be produced by Kudos (“Humans,” “Broadchurch”), is told from the perspective of the Trojan family at the heart of the siege. The “psychologically rich and sweeping narrative” goes back to the saga’s origins: the judgement of Paris, his passionate elopement with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth.
Charlotte Moore, controller of the BBC’s flagship channel, BBC One, said: “David Farr’s bold and visceral rendition of the 3,000 year-old story, told across multiple parts and for the first time from the Trojan point of view will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen on BBC One before. Intimate and epic, gripping and exhilarating, rich with psychological intrigue and human drama, we will feel the characters’ passions, pain and loss.”
The executive producers are Derek Wax (“Humans,” “Occupation,” “Capital”) and Farr for Kudos and Matthew Read for the BBC. Additional production and casting details will follow next year.
Farr’s has adapted John le Carre’s “The Night Manager” for BBC and AMC, starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddlestone, which will be broadcast next year. He was a writer on BBC’s long-running television series “Spooks” (known in the U.S. as “MI-5”), and is a screenwriter for film, penning “Hanna,” the upcoming “HHhH,” starring Jason Clarke and Rosamund Pike, and his own film, “The Ones Below,” which has just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. He is also a theater director and writer, and was associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009-2014.