GK-tv president Craig Cegielski, producer of Camelot — the new epic series premiering at MIPTV with Joseph Fiennes & Eva Green — explains its origins.
Was it difficult getting Fiennes and Eva Green (Morgan) on board?
It was tough! With Joseph, Flashforward was still shooting during the Camelot casting process. But I was thinking of how he made Shakespearean nuances seem so contemporary in Shakespeare In Love, and knew he would be the perfect Merlin. So the moment Flashforward was cancelled, we told our casting director to get on the phone with his agent! But yes, it took some conversations. Eva, on the other hand, is a film actress. So that took some time and some listening. She’s never done a TV series. So locking in someone like that for five years (the objective is ten episodes per year) is quite a coup. It notably took a lot of conversations about how we were going to present the show. You don’t just lob in an availability request to Eva Green! We got on the plane and met with her…
So what’s next?
We basically got all of our financing partners secured at MIPCOM and MIPTV 2010. Signing Eva Green was considerable proof of concept during that phase. That’s just one of the reasons people bought in early; and I think they’ll be well rewarded when the ratings come out. So bringing the show to MIPTV’s International Screenings is a celebration of that. Dealwise, we’ll round out 100% of the world at MIPTV; but it’s really about celebrating with our broadcasters and revelling in the grandeur of the show with them. After all, Camelot is the biggest universal story; we all share it somehow!
Forget everything you thought you knew about Camelot — the hulking round table, the wizened Merlin, the Lerner and Loewe book and score. This “Camelot,” the latest historical epic from Starz, skews young and sexy with a “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” alumnus (Jamie Campbell Bower, as King Arthur), a Bond girl (Eva Green, as Morgan) and an MTV Movie Award winner for best kiss (Joseph Fiennes, as Merlin).
“What if you took the guys from ‘Friday Night Lights’ and put them in the middle of the Dark Ages, how would they respond?” Chris Chibnall, the show runner, as well as an executive producer and writer, said of his concept for the series, which has a sneak peek on Friday night at 11. (The series begins officially April 1.) “It’s a stripping away of the dressing of the legend and trying to look at the emotional truths that lie behind the myth.”
And that cast? “We went for all of the best actors, a lot of whom are hot, which is fortunate for us,” Mr. Chibnall added.
In a recent phone interview from his home in Dorset, England, Mr. Chibnall spoke with Kathryn Shattuck about strong women among warring men, leaders bearing promises of hope, and why the idea of building an idyllic society from the ground up resonates today. Excerpts from the interview follow.
• Camelot > Trailer #05
HD screen captures from the pilot of Camelot are now in the gallery. They have mature content, so consider this your warning!
Starz plans to give viewers an early look at its upcoming drama “Camelot.” Network sources have confirmed to the site exclusively the show’s debut installment will follow the finale of “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” on Friday, February 25 beginning approximately at 11:00/10:00c.
“Camelot” then will formally launch Friday, April 1 at 10:00/9:00c as previously announced.
Starz however will offer up the full 64-minute premiere of “Camelot.”
Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, Primal Fear) is currently in final talks to star opposite Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise, Dead Man Walking) and Eva Green (Casino Royale – 2006) in the high finance thriller Arbitrage.
Deadline reports that the official signing should be announced shortly, with filming due to begin in New York City as early as mid-April.
However, whether or not Gere may be able to accept the deal may depend on the viability of upcoming film State Of The Union — which has seen little action since adding the Pretty Woman star to the film and announcing the production last year.
Despite having no less than 4 producers and an estimated $40 million budget, State Of The Union has yet to sign any other key players or provide a filming schedule for the movie originally set for release some time in 2011.
Meanwhile, Arbitrage has added Aubrey Graham (Charlie Bartlett, TV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation) to join director and screenwriter Nicholas Jarecki (The Informers, The Outsider) as a cast member.
If accepted, Gere would be featured as a Wall Street player in a desperate struggle to sell off his trading empire and forced to turn to Sarandon to survive when his plans go awry.
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Hi guys! I’m Stef, a friend of Mariana’s. I’ll be helping her out a bit here and there when she needs a hand and thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself. We’ve just updated the gallery with a bunch of new BAFTA photos which can be viewed here. Enjoy the new additions!
Orange British Academy Film Awards – February 13, 2011 (x63 new)
Orange British Academy Film Awards – After Party – February 13, 2011
Orange British Academy Film Awards – Show – February 13, 2011
Orange British Academy Film Awards – AUDI Arrivals – February 13, 2011
Orange British Academy Film Awards – Dinner – February 13, 2011
Locations in the Highlands are currently being scouted for the movie – a big screen remake of a gothic US TV soap Dark Shadows, which will be directed by Tim Burton.
Depp will play vampire Barnabas Collins, while Bond girl Eva Green, who starred in Casino Royale, is cast as Angelique in the movie, which is set to be released in April next year.
Trish Shorthouse, who heads the Highlands and Islands Film Commission, said yesterday: “We have heard they are looking at Scotland.
“We would be absolutely delighted if they do choose to film here.”
Dark Shadows ran in the US from 1966 to 1971.
More photos when I won’t be so busy. I did my best to bring you the latest photos and in hq. Pics from the dinner and AUDI arrivals will come later, eventually. In the meantime, enjoy! 🙂
Orange British Academy Film Awards – February 13, 2011
Thanks goes out to Kev for the new additions.
Magazines & Newspapers: Tele 2 Semaines (France) – December 4-17 2010
Magazines & Newspapers: L’Express Styles Hors-Serie (France) – December 2010/January 2011
Movies: Womb > Posters
Public Appearances: 2011 Sundance Film Festival – Perfect Sense Portraits – January 24, 2011 (x2 new)
Eva is listed as #18 on the Los Angeles Times Magazine 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film list. Click here to view the full list and to cast your vote.