British comedic icon Matt Lucas ("Little Britain") is set to join Sean Maguire ("Meet the Spartans") and the talented ensemble cast of COMEDY CENTRAL's epic new series "Kröd Mändoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire," the all-comedy network's first foray into fantasy-comedy. Recently wrapping production in Budapest, Hungary, the series is set to premiere on Apirl 9th, 2009.
India de Beaufort ("Run, Fatboy, Run"), Steve Speirs ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"), Kevin Hart ("Fool's Gold"), Emmy Award-nominated John Rhys-Davies ("The Lord of the Rings"), James Murray ("Primeval") and Marques Ray ("Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out") round out this exceptional ensemble cast.
"After a long and extensive search, we are thrilled to lock in the perfect cast for this unique series that is best described as 'Monty Python' meets 'The Princess Bride,'" said Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development, COMEDY CENTRAL. "Each talented actor brings their distinctive voice to these well-crafted, hilarious characters that inhabit the world that is Kröd Mändoon."
"Kröd Mändoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire" is a groundbreaking action-comedy that is equal parts workplace comedy and sword and sorcery fun. An outrageous, live-action, character-driven show set in an ancient fantasy realm, the series follows reluctant hero Kröd Mändoon (Maguire), a thin-skinned and underconfident freedom fighter, who is the last great hope in the struggle against the evil ruler, Chancellor Dongalor (Lucas). To help fight the great fight, Kröd has assembled a band of remarkably ineffectual freedom fighters: Aneka (de Beaufort), the beautiful Pagan warrioress whose weapon of choice is sex, Loquasto (Speirs), the oafish servant with bad aim, Zezelryck (Hart), the young warlock whose greatest magical gift is spinning BS, and Bruce (Ray), who's simply fabulous. Together, they must overcome a myriad of evil obstacles in their quest to save the world, including name-calling, hired assassins and bad hair days.
Here's what I have to say about Comedy Central's new show:
OMG YAY! PRETTY BOYS WITH SWORDS!!!!!
(There's no depth to my shallowness)
Really, they had me at Flaming Sword of Fire. Fantasy dramas are a genre that just cant be mocked enough. Plus I love the idea that the sole female character's weapon of choice is sex. Thats just...I dunno is it brilliant or sad? We shall see!
Here also is a short interview from Wizard Magazine with the shows (magnificantly handsome) star, Sean Maguire.
5 Questions with Sean MaguireOk so, glee-gasms aside, this show looks really funny. Hope it gets picked up!
The gift of Frank Miller's "300" just keeps on giving for Sean Maguire: After the actor was cast as a faux Leonidas in the 2008 spoof "Meet the Spartans," Comedy Central phoned with an offer to don the sandals again for "Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire," a slightly less manic -but no less amusing- riff on the fantasy genre that premieres April 9th at 10pm EST.
While waiting on news of a series pick-up, Maguire spoke with Wizard on working with Olivier, shooting in Hungary and being a medieval metrosexual.
Wizard: You just did "Meet the Spartans," another fantasy comedy, before "Krod" came across your desk. Did you want to just chuck it?
Maguire:I did. That's exactly what happened. Didn't even read it. My agents were like "Just read it. It's full of things you like." It reminded me of "Black Adder" and "Life of Brian" and things like that. There's no breaking the fourth wall. I thought it could be really good if it was in the right hands.
Krod is the anti-Conan-very self-conscious at times, and concerned with how he's percieved.
He's a really heroic warrior who's great in battle and all of that, but he also has these male metrosexual issues, this Woody Allen-esque nebbishness. I couldn't get my head around how to bring the elements together. The director said, "I think we need to think of him mor like an Indiana Jones. Funny things happen around him, and he's the nucleus who keeps it on track." We thought, "How would Indiana do it?" It sounds silly, but we found it useful.
You shot in Hungary for three months. Did the cast ever get on your nerves?
Taking yourself away from home and being in the midst of Hungary, where you only have each other, will either kill you as a cast or make you a really tight bunch. Luckliy for us, it was the latter. We had a tight group that really got on. I think that played a bigger part in what you see onscreen than the brick and mortar of the castle. But Kevin Hart (Zezelryck) and I once had a huge shouting match about the most innocuous, ridiculous thing at five in the morning. We both left screaming at each other. Five minutes later I saw him. I said, "Sorry," he said, "Sorry." We were laughing together a half-hour later.
How long did it take you to realize "Krod" is actually "dork" spelled backward?
It's so embarassing. I think I found out about two weeks ago. The thing is, it's one of those things where if the show is liked, you wont be able to imagine it being called anything else. But the name was a much-debated issue as was the accent, whether it was to be American or English. I thought for a long time it should be English. After discussion and trying it different ways, we wanted it to be American. Making him British might've softened him a bit too much.
You worked with the great Laurence Olivier when you were 5 years old. Was he nice to you?
He was very sweet, gentlemanly old man. I remember my dad saying , "You behave. He's the best actor in the world." I was like. "What? Best actor in the actor in the world? He's not in 'Star Wars." *JR
In other squee-riffic news!
'FABLES' TAKES TO TELEVISION
|It's as easy as A-B-C as the popular Vertigo comic gets an hour-long pilot for the alphabetical network|
|By Steve Sunu|
|HollywoodReporter.com announced today that Fables, the popular DC/Vertigo title by Bill Willingham, is in the works for an hour-long pilot to air on ABC.|
Penning the pilot are "Six Degrees" creators and executive producers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner with David Semel directing.
"This is a deal that we've known about for a while now and we've been keeping it very hush-hush," Willingham told Wizard today. "I know that several first versions of the script have been done and according to Ivan Cohen at DC, the latest is just marvelous."
In terms of characters, writers Zicherman and Metzner have already confirmed that both Snow White and Bigby Wolf will have similar roles to their Vertigo counterparts.
For more details, check out HollywoodReporter.com and keep checking out WizardUniverse.com for more details.
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! YAY! Please don't let this be a tease that never gets up off the ground!
For anyone who doesn't know, Fables is a FANTASTIC series about characters from various and sundry fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red, Prince Charming, Pinnochio and the Big Bad Wolf are all residents of a hidden part of New York fleeing from their original fairytale homes after the mysterious Adversary and his army drive them all out. The character interactions and imaginativeness of the author is MIND BLOWING. (Plus I've always been a fan of fractured fairy-tales) Don't wait for the TV show! (Pray to the Space Buddah that they do it right) Go read it, right now!