According to new reports, author Umberto Eco's 14th century-set, mystery novel, "The Name of the Rose", previously adapted by director Jean-Jacques Annaud for the 1986 feature "The Name Of The Rose", will be developed into a $27 miilion budgeted, 8-part TV miniseries from 11 Marzo, Palomar and Tele München Group (TMG) in association with RAI Fiction, to be directed by Giacomo Battiato :
"...'Franciscan' friar 'William of Baskerville' and 'Adso of Melk', a 'Benedictine' novice travelling under his protection, arrive at a Benedictine monastery in Northern Italy to attend a theological disputation.
"Upon arrival, the monastery is disturbed by a suicide. Then several other monks die under mysterious circumstances. William is tasked by the monastery's abbot to investigate the deaths, and fresh clues with each murder victim lead William to dead ends and new clues.
"The protagonists explore a labyrinthine medieval library, discuss the subversive power of laughter, and come face to face with the 'Inquisition' a path that William had previously forsworn. William's innate curiosity and highly developed powers of logic and deduction provide the keys to unraveling the abbey's mysteries..."
Cast for the new series includes John Turturro as 'Monk William of Baskerville' and Rupert Everett as 'Inquisitor Bernard Gui.
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