05/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ken Follett's 'Pillars Of The Earth' Series To Be Helmed By 'Heroes' Director For Starz

In its first major acquisition since Chris Albrecht took over as chairman and CEO, Starz Entertainment has nabbed U.S. television rights to "The Pillars of the Earth," a $40 million, eight-part miniseries based on Ken Follett's best-seller about the building of a cathedral in 12th century England.

Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan ("Heroes"), the series stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen and Donald Sutherland. It was produced by German-based Tandem Communications and Canada's Muse Entertainment in association with Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free Films.

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