Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Revealed
The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Podcast #122: Chris Pratt, The Inbetweeners
Pod wankers
First Testament Of Youth Trailer Arrives
'Our youth has been stolen from us'
Latest Expendables 3 Trailer Wants To Punch Your Eyes
Bang and blame
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
30 July 2014
Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer Lands
The magic is fading...
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
19 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Watch (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Tower Heist (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Meet The Parents: Little Fockers (2010)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

New HBO Series For Peter Dinklage?
He may be in the frame for Beasts Of Valhalla

24 February 2014  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: If (via Tor.com)

submit to reddit

The second Justin Monjo scoop from If this morning (after this one) is that the writer is in the process of developing a new HBO series. The Beasts Of Valhalla is based on a series of novels by George C. Chesbro, and would star Peter Dinklage as private eye Dr Robert Frederickson, AKA Mongo The Magnificent.

Frederickson gets his nickname from his days as a circus acrobat. That's in his past as we're introduced to him, however, and he's since put himself through graduate school and become a professor of criminology at NYU. But he also has a private investigator's licence, so events regularly conspire to take him away from the lecture theatre. The books are set in the real world, but some fantastical elements bleed in: An Affair Of Sorcerors (which sounds like a George RR Martin title) involves underground New York cults of warlocks and tarot readers.

Monjo sees it as a "grounded sci-fi" series, and it's heading towards a pilot set in motion by HBO and Ben Stiller's Red Hour production company. "HBO and Red Hour think [Dinklage] is perfect for the part and are very excited about the project," says Monjo.

It's not the first time Dinklage has been connected with the dwarf detective: he was attached to a Mongo film project not long after The Station Agent in 2005, but the ironically named Greenlight Pictures went under before any filming could take place.

As with the Farscape story, the details here are sketchy, with the main question being whether Dinklage could - or would want to - juggle two annual ten-episode HBO series at the same time. Possible vague Game Of Thrones spoilers follow. The implication in If's story is that HBO are looking at The Beasts Of Valhalla as a post-Game Of Thrones gig for Dinklage after 2016.

But there seems to be some confusion - or a mistaken assumption - there regarding Dinklage's Game Of Thrones contract. He is currently signed up for six seasons, but that doesn't mean he won't be in Season 7. There's no narrative reason why he shouldn't be, so it seems likely that he'll simply be renewing his contract when it's up. Game Of Thrones certainly isn't ending at Season 6, and its showrunners envisage it going for at least 8. End spoilers!

Questionable timelines then, but a Mongo series with Dinklage on HBO is definitely a juicy prospect. Watch this space for more information. Chesbro's novels are mostly out of print, but easy enough to pick up online if you want to imagine your own version in the meantime.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Three-Minute Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Lands
Here comes the dubstepper
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

Love Peter Dinklage and this sounds right up his ally, he is brilliant in the average larping film Knights of Badassdom even if just for the line 'I'm packing an ounce of killer shrooms...and there be monsters in need of pummeling!'. More

Posted by Dave25 at 10:05 on 25 February 2014 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Michel Gondry Talks Mood Indigo
Gondry on Bjork, erections and Mark Ruffalo in his pants

Everything You Need To Know About The Dragonriders Of Pern
The lowdown on Warner Bros. new fantasy sci-fi

A Pocket Guide To Game Of Thrones’ New Cast Members
Know your Doran Martell from your Nym Sand

Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here
Bard The Bowman or Smaug The Magnificent?

Directors Special: Peter Hyams Goes Film-By-Film
The veteran director on Timecop, Outland, 2010, Enemies Closer and more

The 10 Biggest Stories Of Comic-Con 2014
The shocks to emerge from this year's geek-fest. Avengers! Max! Mann!

Models Inc.: The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
How the likes of Batman, Superman and Luke Skywalker become collectible figures

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)