Michael Caton-Jones Directs Follett’s ‘World Without End’

Tandem hopes to strike gold twice with its follow-up to Starz miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth”

Last Updated: March 30, 2011 @ 1:51 PM

Michael Caton-Jones will direct the small-screen adaptation of the Ken Follett best-seller "World Without End," which begins principal photography in early July, producer Tandem Communications announced on Wednesday.

The eight-hour series will serve as the sequel for Tandem's previous Follett adaptation, the 2010 Starz miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth," which received multiple Golden Globes nominations.

Writer John Pielmeirer, who adapted "Pillars" (and was nominated for a WGA award for his work) is also handling duties for "Worlds."

Like "The Pillars of the Earth," "World Without End," budgeted for $43 million, is being produced by Tandem and Take 5 Productions, in conjunction with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions.

The plot centers around the murder of a king, which "binds four lives together in a complex web of love, betrayal and revenge.