Barkskins Epic Saga

‘BARKSKINS’ EPIC SAGA ADS
ANEURIN BARNARD AND OTHERS

Barkskins follows a group of outcasts who must navigate the brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization—1600s New France—where the war to escape their past and re-make themselves is cast against the vast and unforgiving wilds of North America.

Runtime: 60 minutes
Status: In Development
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama
Created by: Elwood Reid
10 Episodes
Aneurin Barnard is the new Barkskins cast member

Casting additions have also been made for National Geographic‘s new period set series BARKSKINS based on Annie Proulx book. Aneurin Barnard, Thomas M. Wright and Tallulah Haddon have joined the series about a disparate group of outcasts who must navigate the brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization, 1600s New France, where the war to escape their past and re-make themselves is cast against the vast and unforgiving wilds of North America.

IN BARK SKINS Aneurin Barnard will be Hamish Goames, a clean cut Hudson Bay Company man in search of his lost comrade and Thomas M. Wright will play Elisha Cooke, a cutthroat English barrel maker, who has schemed his way into New France, set on growing the crown’s stake in the region. Tallulah 

Thomas M. Wright is also in the cast

The Giaour

   ‘THE GIAOUR’ SENDS
DAVID OAKES AND JULIAN MORRIS TO OTTOMAN EMPIRE GREECE
David Oakes will play Hassan Ottoman commander

Gender identity is definitely a very hot topic these days, and Rika Ohara plans to discuss it from a 19th-century angle! She is currently preparing a movie project based on Lord Byron‘s famous 1813 poems The GIAOUR in which harem slave Leila is drowned as an adulteress and her lover the Giaour (“infidel”) kills her master Hassan in revenge and is cursed to become a vampire!

THE GIAOUR
which has two boys whom we couldn’t really adore more even if we tried – David Oakes and Julian Morris in the cast, with the story set during the Ottoman Empire in Greece, will follow ten-year-old Laertes who is saved by Ottoman commander Hassan (David Oakes). Baba the Nubian eunuch puts Laertes in girls’ clothes and calls him Leila. Protected by Hassan and Baba,

Julian Morris is to play a character named David

Leila grows to love Hassan but the world judges them master and “harem slave” — which is the story Byron chose to tell in his poem.

 

In Lord Byron’s The Giaour (1813), beautiful harem slave Leila is drowned as an adulteress. Her lover the Giaour (“infidel”) kills her master Hassan in revenge and is cursed in punishment.

In the 200 years since its publication, The Giaour spawned a genre of gothic fiction and came to symbolize, via Delacroix’s paintings, the lethal conflict between the East and the West as represented by its two male protagonists: one Muslim, the other, Christian – the Giaour, or “the infidel” of the title. Yet Leila, at the center of this murderous passion, is entirely silent and strangely bloodless – until we consider a controversial new reading of the poem that unlocks her true identity.

Love, blood, karmic retribution – the film The Giaour is Byron meets kabuki, in which Leila ceases to be a silent victim of “Oriental” violence against women, and Hassan emerges as a gay Muslim romantic hero.

No release date.
Eugène Delacroix, The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan, 1826, Art Institute of Chicago)
Related worksThe Giaour is the first of Byron’s series of Oriental romances. The poem’s success led Byron to publish three more “Turkish tales” in the next couple of years: “The Bride Of Abydos” in 1813, “The Corsair” and Lara, both in 1814.

Barkskins 2020

‘BARKSKINS’ NEW EPIC SAGA

DAVID THEWLIS TO LEAD AT NAT

Network: United States National Geographic Channel
Runtime: 60 minutes
Status: In Development
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama
Created by: Elwood Reid10 episodes
The series will be based on Annie Proulx book

GEO

Another potentially very interesting period set series for us: David Thewlishas been cast as the lead star of BARKSKINS a new historical drama set to air at National Geographic’s 172 channels around the world next year!

Based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning author  Annie Proulx, it follows a disparate group of outcasts who must navigate the brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization— 1600s New France, where the war to escape their past and re-make themselves is cast against the vast and unforgiving wilds of North America. David Thewlis will be Monsieur Claude Trepagny, a wealthy landowner with grand visions for New France.

 British thespian David Thewlis will take the lead role in the new epic series

A chronicle of America’s deforestation from the “New World” arrival of Europeans into the modern era of global warming told through the stories of two immigrants who work as wood-cutters.

National Geo – No release date

Lady MacBeth (TV series)

 BBC Studios which will make LADY MACBETH TV series with the aim to shop it to some of the streaming or cable networks not BBC.
As ‘Deadline’ reports, it will tell the epic and violent tale of LADY MACBETH, when she was still Gruoch Ingen Boite, married to the Mormaer of Moray Gille Coemgain Mac Mail Brigti. The opening episode would show how Gruoch, who has strong beliefs in witchcraft, sees a premonition of the death of her own son at the hands of Macbeth so to protect him she takes it into her own hands to kill Macbeth. However, he was not there and she ends up killing his father after he attempted to rape her, as well as the rest of the family in the castle. Subsequently, her husband seeks permission from Malcolm, the King of Scotland, to kill Macbeth, who says yes but warns Macbeth who kills the husband. King Malcolm’s solution to stop the two families warring is for the pair to marry. The rest of the story would show how these two murderous, plotting, politically Machiavellian characters come together not trusting one another and not liking each other!

MacBeth Film

WITH MARK ROWLEY
Macbeth aired in UK cinemas in March
 MACBETH  entirely shot on green screen and reinvented by director Kit Monkman starring The Last Kingdom’s Mark Rowley! Monkman’s unique adaptation successfully bridges the gap between theatre and film by exploiting the capabilities of the green screen to portray the vast world of make-believe while maintaining the traditional values, language and themes of Shakespeare’s original theatrical play.
Super hunky Mark Rowley plays the lead role
A BRAVE NEW VISION OF THE OLD STORY

Brilliant young general MACBETH pulls off a glorious victory in battle before returning to an indolent court where honours are dispensed by whim. Spurred on by prophesying drifters and an ambitious wife, MACBETH sets his sights on the throne. In Kit Monkman’s adventurous new adaptation, this compelling tale of unchecked ambition, soured friendship, lost intimacy and the descent into nihilismis encountered in a strange and claustrophobic territory partly conjured by the mind. The movie is currently available to stream and download on Amazon.

Blessed Virgin – 17th Century

DRAMA CASTS LAMBERT WILSON AND CHARLOTTE RAMPLING
We’ve had quite a few lesbiefriendly projects announced this week, and here’s another one and it is period set too! ‘Deadline’ reports that Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson have joined young actresses Virginie Efira and Daphne Patakiain 17th century erotic thriller BLESSED VIRGIN.
Lambert Wilson will lead the male part of the cast
To be directed by famous Paul Verhoeven, it will see gorgeousVirginie Efiraplaying Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun capable of performing miracles, who joins an Italian convent in the late 17th century, as plague is ravaging the land.  While at the convent she begins a love affair with another woman. Steamy and scandalous and delightfully sinful :) The story is, apparently, based on historical facts about the abbess Carlini.

 

Release date appears to be in France in 2019

Virginie Efira and Charlotte Rampling will star in Blessed Virgin