Beowulf Grendel

Vikings could be coming to Syfy. The cable network is working on a TV series version of the Old English epic poem Beowulf.

For those who weren’t (cruelly) assigned the 3,000-line poem in school (or watched Robert Zemeckis’ 2007 animated Cliff Notes film version of the story — photo above), Beowulf is the tale of a 5th century Scandinavian hero who agrees to help of the king of the Danes, whose hall has been under attack by a cave-dwelling Viking-slaying monster. The official logline: “Adaptation of the classic epic poem that further examines the hero’s rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel.”

Matt Greenberg (1408, Reign of Fire) will write the script. Executive producers: Brian Hamilton, Michael Chechik, Matt Greenberg, Andrew Cosby and Paulo de Oliveira.