Starz, an American premium cable network, announced that it acquired the U.S. broadcasting rights of the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, a co-production between Canada and Germany.
Obviously, this eight-episode miniseries is adapted from a novel of Ken Follett and was produced with a budget of $40 million. Moreover, The Pillars of the Earth was shot in Hungary and Austria. Obviously, I don't need to tell you that Starz will present this show as an "original series" [coughing].
The Pillars of the Earth is a sweeping epic of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty, a sensuous, spirited story set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles in 12th Century England. Besides, as events unfold, the cathedral in Kingsbridge was being built.
Against this backdrop, human dramas and love stories entwine: Tom (Rufus Sewell), the master builder, Aliena (Hayley Atwell), the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William (David Oakes), Philip (Matthew Macfadyen), the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack (Eddie Redmayne), the artist in stone work and Ellen (Natalia Wörner), the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age.
Other stars of the miniseries include Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job), Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her), Alison Pill (Milk) and Sarah Parish (Merlin).
Finally, The Pillars of the Earth will premiere on Starz at some point in July 2010 with a two-hour debut. Afterwards, it will be followed by six one-hour episodes for the following weeks. As for the Canadian premiere of The Pillars of the Earth, it will be on Spring 2010 on The Movie Network and Movie Central, which are respectively two Canadian premium cable networks from Eastern and Western Canada.