Dear sweet Baldur on a bicycle, the thing's got yet another title

by Diane Duane

Courtesy of FanDominion:

According to a report in Variety, the SciFi Channel has bought the U.S. rights to the German sword and sorcery epic, Ring of the Nibelungs. The network will air the miniseries in March under a newer, American-friendly name: Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King.

The “Nibelungs” saga was one of the inspirations for J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series (as well as the famous Ring Cycle opera by Wagner). The miniseries, when it aired in Germany, was the country’s top-rated TV show in 2004.

The program was directed by Uli Edel (director of Mists of Avalon) from a screenplay written by Diane Duane and Peter Morwood. It stars Benno Furmann (The Orde) as “Eric/Siegfried,” Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3) as “Brunnhild,” Alicia Witt (Dune, Vanilla Sky) as “Kriemhild,” and Julian Sands (Rose Red, Warlock) as “Hagen.”

(scribbles note on calendar…)

(There’s a little more about this now over at the Young Wizards news & events blog.)

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