German/French broadcaster Arte has partnered Spain’s Telecinco for a new adventure series called Alatriste, based on the bestselling books by Arturo Perez-Reverte.
The 13-episode period drama, produced by DLO and Beta Film, is set against the Spanish royal court during the era of Madrid’s Golden Age in the early 17th Century.
It tells the story of a war veteran and gifted fencer who tries to earn a living as a mercenary in the service of the nobility and is caught between personal and political fronts.
Alatriste’s showrunner is Enrique Urbizu while Beta Film will also handle international distribution.
Meanwhile, Beta Film has partnered with HBO Europe to distribute the network’s three-part miniseries Burning Bush.
Based on a true story, it is about Jan Palach, a young student who set himself on fire in a protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969 and the legal fight brought by his family against the communist politician who slandered Palach’s name and his sacrifice for freedom.
Burning Bush, which aired in 15 countries at the start of this year, is based on a script by Stepan Hulik and was produced by HBO Europe (Antony Root, Tereza Polachova) and Nutprodukce Production (Tomas Hruby, Pavla Kubeckova). It is directed by Agnieszka Holland.