Camelot's King Arthur gets the Torchwood touch

Will the Torchwood touch help Camelot? Turns out that Chris Chibnall, the head writer on Torchwood who back in 2005 developed a fantasy series involving Merlin for the BBC, is getting another crack at the King Arthur myth, thanks to Starz. The pay cable channel just green-lighted the 10-episode Camelot, described by the network as "a romantic adventure series," to premiere in first half of 2011, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Camelot will be based on Thomas Malory's 15th-century book Le Morte d'Arthur, but according to the press release "will weave authenticity into a modern telling of the Arthur legends that is relatable to contemporary audiences."

"The story of Arthur isn't history, it's mythology, and Camelot isn't a place but an idea of hope that has resonated at different times throughout history," said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht. He called Camelot "a highly entertaining and distinctly original TV program that fits in perfectly with our lineup," which includes Spartacus: Blood and Sand, another historical epic.

Casting is under way for the series, which will start production in June in Ireland, where Tudors and HBO's upcoming Game of Thrones also are filmed.

So what do you think? Will you be tuning in?

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