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CW Acquires Labyrinth Miniseries (Not That Labyrinth)

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

You all are awfully lucky Jill and Rebecca told me it was too mean to not include that parenthetical in the title. The bad news is, nobody is remaking Jim Henson’s Labyrinth as a miniseries. The good news is, nobody is remaking Jim Henson‘s Labyrinth as a miniseries. The other good news is the CW has just purchased a four-hour miniseries about two women searching for the Holy Grail.

Labyrinth follows the life of modern day archeologist Alice Tanner as she searches for the Holy Grail, and the life of 13th century Alaïs as she strives to keep it hidden:

In Carcassonne, France, in the year 1209, 17-year-old Alaïs (Jessica Brown-Findlay, “Downton Abbey,” “Misfits”), is given a mysterious book by her father; a book which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although Alaïs cannot understand the book’s strange words and labyrinth symbols, her father instructs her to protect the book no matter what happens to him. Alaïs realizes that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe. Eight centuries later, at an archeological dig in the French Pyrenees, a young volunteer named Alice Tanner (Vanessa Kirby, “The Hour,” “Great Expectations”) discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave. Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realizes she’s disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden. Somehow, a link to a horrific past – Alice’s own past – has been revealed.

Other castmembers include John Hurt, Sebastian StanTom Felton, and Tony Curran (Vincent Van Gogh in “Vincent and the Doctor”) so don’t even pretend you’re not looking forward to the new fuel footage from this series will provide to enterprising Tumblr .gif makers in the Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who fandoms. That is, the ones who haven’t seen it already: the miniseries originally aired in 2012, but only in Canada, Korea, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, the UK, Austria, and Germany. There’s no word yet on when the CW will air it.

So it looks like Monty Python was right about the Holy Grail all along: the French had it.

(via The Wrap.)

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