John Turturro to star in new TV version of The Name Of The Rose

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Umberto Eco’s 1980 debut novel, The Name Of The Rose, went on to become a huge literary hit, and then a hit on the big screen in 1986 in a movie adaptation starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. With the annual MIPCOM media fest currently happening in Cannes and news dripping out every day, we’ve learned that a new television is in the works, starring John Turturro, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his brilliant work in The Night Of.

Variety reports:

John Turturro will play William of Baskerville, the 14th century Franciscan monk who investigates a series of grisly murders in the high-end TV adaptation of Umberto Eco’s bestseller “The Name of The Rose,” set to start shooting in January at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios.

Rupert Everett has been cast as the monk’s antagonist, Inquisitor Bernard Gui. Rising young German actor Damien Hardung (“The Red Band Society”) has landed a key role as Benedictine novice Adso of Melk, William of Baskerville’s apprentice sleuth.

Intriguing stuff. Much of cost the cost of The eight-part series is mostly being financed by Italian broadcaster RAI, and no sales have yet been reported.

More news as we get it.

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