June 15, 2009
Newsbites: The medieval edition!
2. Ridley and Tony Scott are co-producing an eight-hour German-Canadian TV mini-series based on Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth; it will concern "the building of a cathedral in 12th-century England" and involve "war, religious strife and power struggles as well as two interwoven love stories." Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane and Donald Sutherland are topping the cast. -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter
4. Photos have begun to surface from the set of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Meanwhile, it is said that Vanessa Redgrave, still grieving the recent death of her daughter Natasha Richardson, has left the film and handed her role -- that of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the mother of King Richard and Prince John -- over to Eileen Atkins. Atkins, for her part, has said she is "terrified" by this last-minute assignment because "they keep rewriting the script and changing my lines quite dramatically". -- Hey U Guys, WENN