The Game of Thrones producer will do the prequel series of The Betrothed

A prequel de tv series The betrothed, made by the manufacturer de Game of thrones. The idea at first glance seems like pure science fiction, but it’s all true. It is the well-informed Variety site (which often gives previews even on news of the Italian show) to give the exclusivity of this surprising news. The series, in development, would be inspired by an upcoming novel.

Provvidenza, the prequel series of I promessi sposi

Let’s do some clarity. The name involved in the American newspaper is that of Vince Gerardis, co-executive producer of Game of Thrones who is also working on the prequel to the latter, House of the Dragon (and also produced Flashforward). Well, Gerardis has created a company based in Rome called CIAO, an acronym that stands for Italian American Organized Creativity, specializing in large film and television productions based on literary works. Among his projects there is precisely Providence, series set in the Milan of the sixteenth century hit by the plague.

Vince Gerardis
in photo: Vince Gerardis

From the novel Lodovico

Gerardis and the Roman producer Maria Grazia SaccĂ  they have in fact signed an agreement with the Rizzoli publishing house for the novel Lodovico, written by the Italian scholar Francesco Musesti, from which Provvidenza should be taken (which in the title recalls a fundamental element of Manzoni, as well remembered by those who studied it at school). The book can precisely be considered a prequel to I promessi sposi, and will tell the life of Fra Cristoforo prior to his conversion, when he was still called Lodovico and killed a nobleman in a duel (episode told by Manzoni). However, other characters should also speak such as the Unnamed, the Griso, Cardinal Borromeo and Lucia Mondella herself, whose story should be somehow linked to witchcraft.

It will be a mix between Game of Thrones and Batman

Variety also provides some details on the television project. It should be another love story against the backdrop of wars, famines and riots for bread, with the same “apocalyptic” dimension as I promessi sposi, even if set almost 40 years earlier. There over, as already mentioned, it will be a fundamental ingredient and in a certain sense will make history “current” given the times of the pandemic, as Maria Grazia SaccĂ  explained to the American newspaper: “In our story, the plague is as central as winter in Game of Thrones“. Providence is described as”a dark tragedy set in a cruel society “,” with the nocturnal and psychological elements of some of the Batman films, the carnal and spiritual aesthetics of Caravaggio’s paintings, and storylines similar to Game of Thrones“. At least a curious project, whose evolution will be interesting to follow.

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