The Pendragon Cycle, a retelling of the Arthurian legend set in a Roman-occupied Britain where barbarian invaders threaten to lay claim to the island, is now in production.
The fantasy series, shot in Hungary and Italy, is a reimagining of the myth of King Arthur, set not in the Medieval age of knights in shining armor, but in an earlier time — the end of Roman Britain when pagan tribes warred with Saxon and Pict invaders, and with each other, and the idea of a unified Britain was only a dream.
In this tumultuous world Merlin, the son of an Atlantean princess and the bard, Taliesen, pursues his father’s vision of a Kingdom of Summer — a Britain unified in peace. But to achieve this dream, Merlin will have to overcome ancient evils and navigate both the fall of the Roman occupation and the rise of Christianity in search of a king who can unite the Island of the Mighty.
The series, which is set to hit the screens next year, is written by Stephen R. Lawhead and directed by Jeremy Boreing and Ryan Whitaker, however the most surprising name on the cast list will be one more familiar to those following U.S. politics, as Ben Shapiro will be one of the producers of the series.
Boreing, the co-CEO of conservative media firm The Daily Wire, which has the exclusive TV series rights to develop and produce an adaptation of the Arthurian legend novels is also one of the producers.