ITV Orders 'Beowulf' TV Adaptation

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The ancient story of 'Beowulf' already got the film treatment

'Strike Back' writer and executive producer James Dormer will make the ninth-century epic English poem into a 13-part warrior drama

Having already had the big-screen CGI treatment with Ray Winstone in the titular role, ninth-century English epic poem Beowulf is now being adapted for TV.

U.K. broadcaster ITV will bring the ancient story to life. It announced Monday that it has commissioned a 13-part series, due to air next year. 

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"Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story — it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry. But they also listened because they recognized themselves and their fears in it," said James Dormer (Wallander, Strike Back), who will write and executive produce the show.

"By holding a mirror up to them, this story helped define them and thus us," he added. "So it's incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to make it relevant again for a wide audience — to let them own it again, to let them see themselves in it."

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Shooting on the drama, which tells the tale of a wandering warrior who must hunt down the terrifying monster Grendl (whose even more terrifying mother was famously played by Angelina Jolie in the film), will begin in northeast England in April.

ITV Studios' creative director of drama, Tim Haines, will executive produce with ITV Studios' executive producer of drama, Katie Newman.