Germany’s Beta Film is teaming with Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and Rome producer Jonathan Stamp on The Perished Land, a 12-part fantasy series conceived to return over multiple seasons. Beta made the announcement at Mipcom this evening in Cannes with a view to being ready in 2017. Rainmark Films and Hofmann & Voges Filmproduktion are co-producing with Beta.
The series is set in the fictional land of Talanton, a world remarkable for its natural beauty which makes it a character in its own right. The fantasy world – which Beta likens to Lord Of The Rings meets Avatar – is a tribal land that will seem “raw, sensuous” and “at times shocking.” It is also a world of vengeful and benign spirits, rituals, superstitions and the supernatural.
Doelger and Stamp are writing the story that will hold up a mirror to human history with Talanton experiencing its own World Wars, Cold War, collision of tyrannies, ideologies, crises of resources and religions. It will unfold as a Hero’s Quest into a multi-stranded narrative.
Separately, Beta said it has put into development two other projects for 2017, both produced by Oliver Berben (Carnage). One is a miniseries based on Patrick Suskind’s cult novel Perfume. It’s envisioned as comprising the story from the book but as a contemporary thriller. Beta is partnered with Constantin Film on the project. Berben will also produce a series about the origins of Greenpeace.