Tele München Group (TMG) is set to co-produce an eight-hour adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, said to cost €26 million (US$30.3m).
The series is set to air sometime in the first three months of 2019 on Italian pubcaster Rai.
The Name of the Rose tells the story of a Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (John Turturro, pictured) and his apprentice, who arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps and become witnesses to a series of murders during the Middle Ages.
Herbert L. Kloiber, managing director of TMG, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this high class, state-of-the-art adaptation, which will also resonate well with a young audience that loves the suspenseful story in a gloomy and thrilling medieval setting.
“Those who are already familiar with the book will see a new modern take and details to this multilayered story that can only be told in a series.”
The crime thriller was first adapted as a feature film with Sean Connery and Christian Slater in 1986, and received some international success.