January 15, 2014 1:45pm PT by Philiana Ng
The CW Acquires 'Labyrinth' Miniseries
The CW is jumping into the miniseries game.
The network has acquired the four-hour period mini Labyrinth, starring Downton Abbey alum Jessica Brown Findlay, The CW announced Wednesday afternoon during a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
Veteran actor John Hurt; Sebastian Stan, who returns to The CW (he recurred on Gossip Girl); and Tom Felton also star in the mini. Janet Suzman, Claudia Gerini, Katie McGrath, Emun Elliott and Tony Curran also co-star. A premiere date will be announced later.
Labyrinth, based on the novel by Kate Mosse, will shift back and forth between medieval and modern-day France. The mini centers on two women separated by centuries who are united by the search for the Holy Grail.
The mini was filmed in Carcassonne in southwest France and Cape Town.
Labyrinth hails from the team behind Pillars of the Earth: Tandem Communications, with Scott Free Films, Universal Production Partners and Film Afrika. Adrian Hodges adapted the novel, with Moritz Polter producing. Christopher Smith is directing.
"It's the right acquisition," The CW president Mark Pedowitz said after the panel. "When this became available from Tandem Communications and Ridley Scott's company [Scott Free], we knew that we were doing Reign. This is set in the 13th century and thought this could be a fun companion piece, particularly when Reign ends its run for the season."
The other four broadcast networks all have minis on the slate.
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.