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BERLIN — Michael Hirst, the writer behind The Tudors and the History Channel’s upcoming Vikings series, has signed on to pen the script to Alexander, a new limited series on the life of Macedonian commander Alexander the Great, which is being co-produced by Germany’s ZDF Enterprises, Beta Film and Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion.
Gruppe 5 managing partner Uwe Kersken, who initiated the project, will work closely with Hirst on finalizing the concept and first scripts for the production, which the companies say will run 8 to 12 one-hour episodes. The plan is to have a three-season run for Alexander with shooting set to start in 2014.
The life of Alexander the Great has been filmed many times before, for film and television. The most recent big-screen version was Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004) featuring Colin Farrell as the military genius who conquered most of the known world before his death at 33.
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