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Earthsea TV series announced

08/01/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Ursula K. Le Guin's popular 'Earthsea' novels to hit the small screen.

SCI FI Channel has just announced the production start on a miniseries based on Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels.

Produced by Hallmark Entertainment in association with Bender-Brown Productions, the four-hour miniseries will begin principle photography this spring in New Zealand.

Adapted from novelist Ursula K. Le Guin's "Earthsea" book series, Earthsea is written by Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon) with Robert Halmi, Sr. (Dreamkeeper, Merlin), Lawrence Bender (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) and Kevin Brown (Roswell) executive producing.

Earthsea is slated to debut on SCI FI in December 2004.

Earthsea follows the tale of a reckless youth destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known. When the young wizard Ged discovers that he possesses infinite magical powers, he seeks to master the ancient arts. As he journeys to manhood, he will combat dragons, fall in love, cross death's threshold, and ultimately wield the power to reunite a kingdom.

Earthsea is an adaptation of the first two of Le Guin's famed Earthsea trilogy novels: A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan. Le Guin has won five Hugo awards and five Nebula awards. She has also earned a National Book Award, and been named a finalist for the American Book Award numerous times.

In recent months, the SciFi Channel has made a number of deals for "big event" projects ... following on from their work with Taken, Dune and the new Galactica et al. Most recently, Scorcese joined the list, which includes fellow Hollywood types Bryan Singer, Dean Devlin and Gale Anne Hurd, to produce a number of the miniseries.

SCI FI is also teaming up again with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks for a new project in 2005 ... keep tuned to the 'Nest for more details.


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