Sky has teamed up with Amazon US to produce 'Britannia', an original drama series from one of the writers behind the Bond film 'Spectre'.
Jez Butterworth is the scribe in question. His script will be enacted by a cast that includes Kelly Reilly ('True Detective', 'Sherlock Holmes'), David Morrissey ('The Walking Dead'), Zoe Wannamaker ('My Family'), and Stanley Weber ('Outlander').
Set in 43AD, the 10-part series sees the Roman Imperial Army return to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia. It's shooting on location in Prague and Wales and will air on Sky1 in the UK and Ireland. In the US, it will be available on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service.
Butterworth said: "Besides being hard, hard warriors, the Celts have a belief system which makes them almost invincible. It’s a deep, heavy magic. Last time the Romans tried to invade, the mighty Julius Caesar took one look, turned round and went straight home. Now, almost a century later, the Romans are back.
"I’m fascinated in what happens when gods die. When an entire, ancient faith stalls, topples, collapses – and a whole new one grows in its place. New names, new faces, to suit the new times. Here we have a war between two pantheons – the Roman gods v the Celtic gods. It’s the Heavyweight Clash of All Time, the one which most shapes who we are today. And we see it all from a human perspective, of individual survival, ambition, courage, lust, loss, revenge. All the stuff the gods have always loved us humans for the most!”
Anne Mensah, Sky’s head of drama said: “This is one of the most ambitious dramas we’ve ever made and one of the most exciting. Jez Butterworth has written an incredible drama that is entertaining and emotional but also asks important questions about what drives men and women to stand and fight. This is a battle for the heart of Britain like you’ve never seen before.”
And Roy Price, vice president, digital video and Amazon Studios, added: “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Sky on our first series entirely produced overseas. Our customers will experience a cinematic world with bold characters anchored in a ruthless period of history.”