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'Beowulf' Pic Set to Slay Hollywood

Category: Beowulf & Grendel News
Article Date: July 16, 2004 | Publication: Hollywood Reporter/Reuters | Author: Borys Kit

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GB.Net Note - This is NOT the project Beowulf & Grendel that Gerard is appearing in.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - One of the oldest poems in English literature is being turned into a Hollywood movie.

"Beowulf," the epic tale of man vs. monster, is set up at Warner Bros., and will be written by rookie scribe Matthew Sand, a former SoHo art dealer with a background in art history.

Written in Old English and dating back to the eighth century, the blood-soaked poem tells the tale of Beowulf of the Geats, who is called to slay Grendel, a monster that is attacking a Danish kingdom. After defeating Grendel, Beowulf slays Grendel's mother and then clashes with a dragon. The poem is known to have been an influence on J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "The Lord of the Rings."

"My take is that this is the first horror story," said Sand. "The first action stories included 'The Iliad' and 'Gilgamesh,' but this is the first time you had a creature coming out of the darkness and breaking into your home at night. It's the genesis of so many of the horror archetypes we see today."


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