10:24am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Borgias': Two-Hour Movie Script Gets E-book Treatment
The Borgias fans are getting closure after all.
More than two months after Showtime canceled the Jeremy Irons drama after three seasons, the premium cable network announced Monday that creator Neil Jordan's script for a two-hour movie follow-up would be released this week as an e-book.
"Breaking #Borgias News! SHOWTIME and THE BORGIAS creator Neil Jordan are excited to announce the release of his new e-book, THE BORGIA APOCALYPSE, based on his original script for THE BORGIAS two-hour finale," the network announced via Twitter. "THE BORGIA APOCALYPSE will be available this week via major e-retailers. We're thrilled that the series' loyal fans will have the opportunity to read Neil's final farewell to one of history's most infamous families."
The e-book comes weeks after fans of the period drama sent a message to Showtime entertainment president David Nevins to save the series, using a paid protester and flying a banner over the network's time at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter at the time that he would have loved to have done the two-hour film but had to put the company's resources behind "things that you think have future growth."
Showtime canceled The Borgias in June after three seasons. The series, which stars Irons as Pope Alexander VI, was originally planned to run four seasons to parallel the duration of its predecessor at the network: The Tudors.