The forthcoming streaming service HBO Max has given an eight-episode, straight-to-series order to the Greek-inspired drama ‘Circe.’
Based on Madeline Miller’s best-selling book of the same name, the series offers a modern interpretation of Greek mythology themes.
The story centers around the feminist perspective of the goddess Circe, who transforms from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch capable of challenging gods, titans and monsters.
Feeling threatened by Circe’s powers, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many well-known figures from Greek mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea and wily Odysseus.
Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s head of original content, described her high hopes for the forthcoming ‘Circe’ series in an official statement.
“’Circe’ tells an epic story of love, loss, tragedy and immortal conflict, all through the eyes of a fierce female lens,” Aubrey said.
She also spoke highly of the series’ writers and producers, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.
“I’ve been a longtime fan of Rick and Amanda’s work and their ability to simultaneously build epic imaginative worlds while creating emotional dynamic characters,” she said.
Jaffa and Silver wrote and produced the hit film ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ and its sequel ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ The duo also wrote the story and worked on the screenplay for ‘Jurassic World.’ In the near future they are poised to write the third “Avatar” film and the live-action remake of “Mulan.”
HBO Max will launch in beta form in late 2019, but scripted and original programming — including ‘Circe’ — is not expected to release until 2020.
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