Ken Follett's World Without End Premiering on Reelz
05.22.12 by REELZ
We've got great news for fans of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth — not to mention miniseries fans in general. Reelz is set to be the premiere home for the eight-part adaptation of the sequel, World Without End, which was on The New York Times bestseller list for 26 weeks.
Set in Kingsbridge 200 years after the events of Pillars, World Without End picks up with a new cast of characters. Caris, a feisty young woman played by Charlotte Riley (The Duchess, Wuthering Heights), inspires her medieval town to confront the most powerful forces of her time, the Church and the Crown, as Kingsbridge fights to save the town from ruin and, ultimately, usher in a new era of freedom, innovation, and enlightenment.
World Without End also stars Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City, The Big C) as the beautiful and deadly schemer Petranilla, Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Young Victoria) as the strong and determined Mother Cecilia, Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, Me and Orson Welles) as the mysterious Sir Thomas Langley, Peter Firth (MI5, The Hunt for Red October) as the ruthless Earl Roland, Rupert Evans (Hellboy, Agora) as the duplicitous Godwyn, Nora von Waldstaetten (Carlos, The Countess) as the street-wise peasant girl Gwenda, Oliver Jackson-Cohen (What's Your Number, The Raven) as the rough and dangerous Ralph, Tom Weston-Jones (Coppers, MI-5) as the creative and ambitious Merthin, Megan Follows (Heartland, Anne of Green Gables) as Maud, a lady fallen from grace, and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method) as the attractive and intelligent Philippa.
Of the premiere announcement, Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard had this to say.
World Without End is a monumental miniseries, told in a way that's as big as the author himself. With The Kennedys we conditioned our audience to know that our network is home to the biggest miniseries and World Without End is exactly that. We're proud to take our viewers inside Ken Follett's intriguing and magnificent world through a story that is cinematic in scope with an award-winning cast, crew, and creators.
Filmed on location in Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia, the eight-hour epic thriller is directed by Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy, This Boy's Life, Beyond the Gates). Executive Producers include Ridley Scott (Prometheus), Tony Scott (Unstoppable), Rola Bauer (The Pillars of the Earth), David W. Zucker (The Good Wife), Tim Halkin (Kate Mosse's Labyrinth), Jonas Bauer (The Lost Future), and John Weber (The Borgias), with co-producer Arnie Gelbart (The Blue Butterfly).