Sci Fi to air Nibelungs mini as ‘Dark Kingdom’ in March

According to a report in Variety, the Sci Fi channel has bought the U.S. rights to the German sword and sorcery epic, Ring of the Nibelungs. The network will air the miniseries in March under a newer, American-friendly name: Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King.

The Nibelungs saga was one of the inspirations for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series (As well as the famous Ring Cycle opera by Wagner). The miniseries, when it aired in Germany, was the country’s top-rated TV show in 2004.

The program was directed by Uli Edel (director of Mists of Avalon) from a screenplay written by Diane Duane and Peter Morwood. It stars Benno Furmann (The Order)as “Eric/Siegfried,” Alicia Witt (Dune, Vanilla Sky) as “Kriemhild,” and Julian Sands (Rose Red, Warlock) as “Hagen.”