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Earthsea for Xmas

10/11/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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SCI FI Channel's Lawrence Bender-Kevin Brown Production of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea drawing near its December release.

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

Principle photography on this four-hour miniseries epic has been going on since spring in New Zealand, the movie is now coming out of its SFX production stage, and Earthsea is now 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, rescue a princess, fall in love, cross death's threshold, and ultimately wield the power to reunite a kingdom.

Earthsea is an adaptation of Le Guin's series of novels: A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan. Oft listed alongside Tolkien's Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis's Narnia as one of fantasy's greatest literary creations, the stories of Earthsea have been translated into 16 languages, with millions of copies in print.

Author Ursula K. Le Guin has won five Hugo awards, five Nebula awards, a National Book Award and has been a finalist for the American Book Award. Popular with readers both within and outside the science-fiction arena, Le Guin's 16 novels have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Danny Glover, Shawn Ashmore (X2, X3) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) have joined actress Isabella Rossellini in this coming-of-age-fantasy which will be premiering as a two-night television miniseries. Known for his feature film roles, Danny Glover has been seen in performances ranging from the role of Albert opposite Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple to Mel Gibson's sidekick in the feature franchise Lethal Weapon.

Kristin 'babe' Kruek, best known as Lana Lang in the television series "Smallville", also starred in the television version of "Snow White".

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