Shaw snags rights to Pillars sequel

The German/Canadian coproduction will see Toronto-based Take 5 Productions partner with Germany's Tandem Communications, led by former Canadian TV exec Rola Bauer.
Pillars of the Earth

Shaw Media has acquired the Canadian broadcast rights to World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth (pictured), to air on Showcase.

The German/Canadian coproduction will see Toronto-based Take 5 Productions partner with Germany’s Tandem Communications, led by former Canadian TV exec Rola Bauer.

Arnie Gelbart’s Galafilm is also attached to the $43 million TV project, to be shot in Hungary starting in July, before post production in Toronto and Montreal.

The 8-part mini-series is being made in association with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott´s Scott Free Productions.

World Without End, based on the Ken Follet novel and directed by Michael Caton-Jones, takes place during England’s bloody Hundred Years’ war, after the 12th century drama of Pillars of the Earth, which debuted on the Movie Network and Movie Central before shifting to the CBC.

The TV project chronicles a king’s murder that binds four lives together in a complex web of love, betrayal and revenge.

No word on casting for the latest European costume drama to fill Canadian prime time, courtesy of Take 5 Productions.

John Pielmeier will adapt Follett’s 2007 novel for the screen.

World Without End has also been pre-sold to Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1, Spain’s Cuatro, Austria’s ORF, Italy’s SkyItalia and Channel4 in the UK.

Take 5 Productions’s earlier TV credits include The Tudors, The Borgias for Showtime Networks and CTV, and Camelot for Starz Entertainment and CBC.

Galafilm’s credits include 18 to Life, and Tripping The Wire.