Sunday, September 11, 2005

Film of The Eagle of the Ninth

According to the Scotsman newpaper some two years ago, there are three films in preparation related to the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. The report notes that "Duncan Kenworthy, London-based producer of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually, acquired the film rights to Rosemary's The Eagle of the Ninth, which has sold more than a million copies since its appearance in 1954, and was made into a BBC mini-series shot in Aberdeenshire in the 1970s."

7 Comments:

Blogger Chris KJ said...

Does anyone know where I could obtain a video of this BBC TV mini-series (broadcast in 1977) please?

December 22, 2005  
Blogger Sandra said...

Not available as far as I know. Have seen the odd clip since it was first shown, but that's about it. There is a 1996 BBC Radio version which might still be available.

February 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any more on the film? I would love to see it done.

April 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have loved a film, too, but the director's ideas seem to be quite different from my own. I have never thought of "The Eagle of the Ninth" as a Scotish Western. Now I wish the film wouldn't be made...

Here are two links to articles about the movie:
http://www.moviemail-online.co.uk/newsfull/518&limit2=0

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117965079.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

July 10, 2007  
Blogger lucia398 said...

I live in the western USA, have been reading Sutcliff's novels as an adult starting in the '70s. Now I give them to selected grandchildren! She's an excellent writer.

I hope they don't do a "Scottish western" in a crude sense, but surely there is a parallel with the interaction of the tribes and the settlers/expanding empire of the American west? You can see it in Kipling too.

September 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I suppose you're right about the parallel. Nevertheless, I am still quite sceptic about this project - especially because Macdonald's described it as "visceral", which sounds to me like primarily a lot of blood, horrible fight scenes and so on - and for me, that is simply not what R.S.'s novel is about. I wonder if he will find room for the wonderful motives and images throughout the book that I love so much, such as the rose bush and the olive-wood bird...
Neither do I like his idea to cast American actors as Romans and Scottish actors as British people. I wonder: what will he do with the characters that have British roots but serve in the Roman army or have adapted to Roman life style such as Hilarion or Aunt Valaria. What accents will they have? A deliberately fake American pronounciation?
I don't know... Let's hope for the best.

November 12, 2007  
Blogger Orla Fay said...

The Eagle of the Ninth is one of my favourite books from when I wasa child and I am going to order more of her books to read tomorrow.

November 21, 2010  

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