SCOTT FREE AND TANDEM OPTION KATE MOSSE’s INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER LABYRINTH TO DEVELOP AS AN EVENT MINI-SERIES
Five years after it swept through the world’s bestseller lists, novelist Kate Mosse’s ground-breaking adventure thriller, LABYRINTH, has been optioned by SCOTT FREE (UK) and TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS to be made into a four-hour event television series.
Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free and Tandem Communications will be producing Mosse’s page-turner together. The series is being adapted by award-winning writer, Adrian Hodges (Primeval, Rome, The Last King).
Based on Kate Mosse’s multi-million copy international bestseller, LABYRINTH will take a global audience on a richly compelling journey through the South of France of the present, and the dark and tortured landscape of the Crusades and Cathar massacres of medieval times. Two spirited and charismatic heroines must somehow work together across the centuries in order to save a four thousand year-old secret from falling into the wrong hands.
LABYRINTH will shoot in the South of France in Autumn 2011, with delivery scheduled for Spring 2012. Kate Mosse’s epic novel has been published in more than thirty-eight languages worldwide; it hit both the New York Times hardcover and paperback Bestseller lists; was the UK’s bestselling fiction title of 2006 and a top ten bestseller in more than twenty-one other major territories.
“LABYRINTH’s story affords us the opportunity to create exciting drama that will thrill and delight the book’s readers worldwide and the viewers, who’ll be discovering it for the first time,” says Ridley Scott of Scott Free. “We look forward to this new chapter in the long-standing relationship between Tandem and Scott Free, and also to bringing the quality that has become the hallmark of our joint efforts with Tandem to yet another piece of event television.”
“It’s the entire package that makes this perfect for event television programming,” says Tim Halkin, Partner/Managing Director, Tandem Communications. “Kate Mosse’s book brings a worldwide awareness and built-in fan-base along with an amazing concept. Adrian Hodges is a hugely accomplished screenwriter, who understands how to pull an audience in from the first scene and we’re thrilled to be working with the head of Scott Free’s UK theatrical and television company, Liza Marshall.”
“I’m delighted that Kate has decided to entrust us with her wonderful book, and that the brilliant Adrian Hodges has come on board to adapt it. I look forward to producing with Tandem a television event that is epic, compelling and emotional,” says Liza Marshall Head of Film and TV, Scott Free.
“A new chapter of LABYRINTH is about to begin,” says Kate Mosse, LABYRINTH’s author. “The characters I first dreamed about twenty-one years ago, are now setting out on a new journey. After eight hundred years of history and five hundred pages of fiction, I am delighted that Scott Free and Tandem Communications are taking LABYRINTH from the page to the screen.”
“I'm delighted to be adapting Kate Mosse's terrific novel for the screen," says writer Adrian Hodges, "it has a scale, ambition and scope that's very rare, as millions of readers already know. The combination of brilliantly researched history with a thrilling modern story is exciting and original, and my ambition is to do it full justice for the screen in a way that will satisfy both existing fans of the novel and worldwide television audiences. It's also a pleasure to be working with Scott Free and Tandem, who have already proved they can deliver fantastic television drama with last year's international hit The Pillars Of The Earth.”
TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS is located in Munich, Germany and was started in 1999 by Rola Bauer and Tim Halkin. In 2007 Jonas Bauer became a partner in the company and in 2009 Malisa Scott joined as partner and Chief Operating Officer. From the beginning, their strategy was to build a vertically integrated media company whose core business is international production and worldwide distribution. From the ground-breaking Golden Globe® nominated series, Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, to the Emmy® Award winner Frank Herbert’s Dune to the Golden Globe® nominated The Company, to the Emmy® nominated Dragons’ World, TANDEM continues to develop, produce, market and distribute high-quality projects.
TANDEM produced the DIVA Award-winning Ring of the Nibelungs that garnered excellent ratings on the SyFy Channel in the U.S., as well as internationally. Lost City Raiders, a TANDEM event movie, also aired in the U.S. on the SyFy Channel and internationally to superb ratings. Impact premiered successfully in the U.S. on ABC Network. In 2008, TANDEM launched the Nora Roberts franchise and in 2009, TANDEM launched the new Patricia Cornwell movie franchise with At Risk and The Front, based on her worldwide bestselling crime novels.
In 2010, TANDEM produced The Lost Future starring Sean Bean, shot on location in South Africa. The movie aired in the U.S. on the SyFy Channel.
Currently in post-production is Treasure Guards, an event movie shot on location in South Africa, starring Anna Friel and Raoul Bova, which will be delivered in second quarter 2010, and TANDEM will enter into production this year on Ken Follett’s book World Without End, an 8-hour event series.
Scott Free Films was formed in 1995 and is the film and television production vehicle of acclaimed film directors, brothers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. Scott Free Films enjoyed a banner 2010, with highly acclaimed features including the international hits Robin Hood, The A-Team, and Unstoppable, and the indie films Cyrus, and Welcome to the Rileys. Next for Scott Free is their documentary, Life in a Day, to be released July 24, 2011 and directed by Kevin Macdonald, which tells the story of a single day on earth using local footage from all over the world. Additionally, Ridley Scott is currently in pre-production on Prometheus, slated for a 2012 release, starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Noomi Rapace. Scott Free Television produces the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated hit TV show The Good Wife for CBS, and the Golden Globe® nominated mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, based on the best-selling book by Ken Follett. They also produced the long-running hit CBS show Numb3rs, which ran for six seasons. With offices in Los Angeles and London, Scott Free works closely with RSA Films, one of the largest and most successful commercial production houses in the world.
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