Long before medieval mind games were played and ice zombies went to war with the living in HBO’s Game of Thrones, the company cut a deal with BBC and delivered the shortlived but stellar Rome, delivering blood and mayhem before it was mainstream and nobody knew who Jon Snow was. Now it seems the Beeb are going to try and tap back in to that territory alone with their impending project, Troy: Fall of A City, which will tell the story of the oldest trick in the history books.
For those that might not recall the Brad Pitt-starring epic, or any school history lesson for that matter, the the series will focus on the the star-crossed lovers Paris and Helen of Troy that sparked a war that ended with a giant horse being rolled into Helen’s home turf, right before an army of Greek’s bust out of it and overcame their enemy.
Variety reports that the project is being penned by David Farr (Hanna) and being produced by Kudos (the folks behind the critically acclaimed Humans and Broadchurch). Currently there’s no names lined up to go in front of the camera, but the trade confirms that those that will are to embark on “an epic tale of love, revenge, intrigue and bloodshed.” The series will focus on the royal family at the head of this whole ordeal, the relationship between Paris and Helen and the former’s prophecy that befell him at his birth.
Speaking of the planned production, BBC One head Charlotte Moore said, “David Farr’s bold and visceral rendition of the 3,000 year-old story, told across multiple parts and for the first time from the Trojan point of view will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen on BBC One before. Intimate and epic, gripping and exhilarating, rich with psychological intrigue and human drama, we will feel the characters’ passions, pain and loss.” So, not Merlin or Robin Hood, then? Great start, already.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Beeb’s competition will do against Game of Thrones, a show that will be dominating screens yet again next year in April. For now, we can only wait and see when the Trojan horse will come riding in but expect more on this as it develops.