Syfy wants to turn epic poem ‘Beowulf’ into a television show

Whether it’s flying sharks or a Terry Gilliam classic, the Syfy network has demonstrated a diverse range of interests when it comes to original programming — and it’s turning to poetry as inspiration for a new series. According to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, the network is developing a television show based on the epic poem Beowulf. To be written by screenwriter Matt Greenberg (1408, the upcoming The Seventh Son), the series is described as a drama that will focus on the poem’s eponymous hero and his nemesis, the monster Grendel.

Syfy has tackled the property before with its 2007 TV movie Grendel; that same year filmmaker Robert Zemeckis brought his own adaptation to more mainstream audiences with the animated film B…

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