Peter Webber to Direct Miniseries ‘Tutankhamun’ for ITV
The legend of ‘Tutankhamun’ is coming to ITV. Peter Webber, the acclaimed director of “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” “Hannibal Rising,” and “The Stretford Wives” is going to create a four part drama on the life and times of King Tutankhamun, which will be produced by ITV Studios.
Tutankhamun’s tomb has always attracted a lot of attention. It has inspired many directors to write movies based on the mummies and tombs. The boy king’s mummy was found in good condition in 1922 and had attracted a lot of attention in press and public. It had sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt. Tutankhamun’s burial mask, now in Cairo Museum, remains a popular symbol for Ancient Egypt. Exhibits of artifacts from his tomb have toured the world and displayed in many museums. In February 2010, the results of DNA tests confirmed that he was the son of Akhenaten of the 18th dynasty and Akhenaten’s sister and wife, whose name is unknown but whose remains are positively identified as “The Younger Lady” mummy found in the tomb alongside him. When Tutankhamun became king, he married his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten, who later changed her name to Ankhesenamun. They had two daughters, both stillborn.
The new drama will feature the story of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of one of the Ancient Egypt’s forgotten pharaohs, Tutankhamun. The four-part event miniseries will bewritten by Guy Burt who has written “Jekyll and Hyde,” “The Bletchley Circle,” and “The Borgias” for television. It will focus on the personal story of Howard Carter, a solitary man on the edge of society who became an iconic figure and an unlikely hero. Details of casting have not been revealed yet, but may be discussed in the coming months.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute “Tutankhamun” internationally. Fox News reports that the story first appeared in Variety‘s sister title Deadline.
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