Quartet Boards British ‘Titanic’ Series

Kevin Zegers, Chris Noth, Derek Jacobi and Neve Campbell are in various stages of negotiations to join the $28 million, 12-part British miniseries Titanic: Blood & Steel, which has begun filming in Belfast. Unlike Simon Vaughn’s internationally produced four-hour miniseries Titanic, which was picked up by ABC and ITV1, Titanic: Blood & Steel, also an international co-production, doesn’t have U.S. or UK distribution yet. It chronicles the building of the Titanic, beginning in Edwardian Belfast in the early 1900s and depicting how the greatest leviathan of all time was hand made in a city on the edge of revolution. Zegers, repped by ICM and Untitled, will play Mark Muir, the metallurgist on the world’s greatest shipbuilding project who discovers potentially fatal flaws in the quality of metal being used to build the Titanic. Noth is expected to play financier J.P. Morgan; Jacobi would play Lord William Pirrie, chairman of the company that built the ill-fated liner; and Campbell is a reporter covering the liner’s maiden voyage. Directed by Ciaran Donnelly and written by Mark Skeet, Matthew Faulk and Alan Whiting, Titanic: Blood & Steel is produced by De Angelis Group, Take 5 Prods and Epos Films.

Comments (19)

  • Spartacus: Blood & Sand
    Titanic: Blood & Steel
    Napoleon: Blood & Crepes

    I’m in.

    Comment by Minter — Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 10:51pm PDT  
  • Don’t tell me how it ends.

    Comment by MJL — Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 10:58pm PDT  
    • James Cameron is probably banging his head against the wall yelling THEY’RE NOT DOING IT IN 3D!

      Comment by mbm2 — Wednesday August 31, 2011 @ 5:17am PDT  
  • Was fortunate enough to have read a couple of these scripts about two weeks ago. Very cool story and one people don’t give enough attention. Kevin Zegers is perfect for the lead. He was great in TransAmerica and I’ve been waiting for him to hit the scene again on a higher profile piece. After reading three of the twelve parts I can say he’s got a VERY demanding role and is literally on every single page; so good for him. A classy group….Chris Noth is such a chameleon. I can’t wait to see where it lands in the US. Rumor has it — it will be at a major player in the US.

    Comment by Jennifer — Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 11:20pm PDT  
  • Nobody realizes 100+people were killed in the making of a ship that was supposed to not possibly sink. Historically speaking — I hope it is accurate.

    JP Morgan is a great role for Chris Noth. Sir Derek is class and Neve will deliver. Though I am a fan, I’m surprised about Zegerrs. Only because it is a heavy role. Kudos to him they didn’t go with the biggest name but rather the best actor. He’s the real thing.

    BTW- hear the director will breakout from this….

    Comment by E. Goldberg — Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 11:37pm PDT  
  • Just woke up, watching the tele (BBC 1 to be specific) and reading your blog (as I do everyday) on my IPAD. Here in London this project has been on the radar a while. I am quite keen to see what comes of this. People don’t realize that this has nothing to do with all the previous incarnations of the Titanic story….this is seemingly a prequel, correct?

    Comment by UK film buff — Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 11:44pm PDT  
  • Kevin is a stud and one hell of an actor. I’ve had the privilege to work with him more than once over the course of several years. He is smart, driven and frankly a brilliant actor. I believe he switches dialects several times over the course of this mini-series which is never easy for an actor. Yet, he was brilliantly convincing in 50 DEAD MEN WALKING opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess for Kari Skogland. Love this kid and this should thrust him forward.

    Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 11:52pm PDT  
  • Interesting subject matter and several cool actors

    Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 11:58pm PDT  
  • Three letters, one word:

    Ugh.

    Comment by Truth-o-Meter — Wednesday August 31, 2011 @ 12:12am PDT  
  • Weird. There’s another series afoot named after a vessel and featuring “Blood &” with a type of metal.

    “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.”

    Comment by ety3rd — Wednesday August 31, 2011 @ 12:20am PDT  
  • SNORE.

    Comment by Roger C. — Wednesday August 31, 2011 @ 12:41am PDT  
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