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Topic - Michael Hirst
"Vikings," History's brooding and brutal drama about the 8th-century Nordic warrior Ragnar Lothbrok, is growing up quickly.
If historical fiction guru Michael Hirst has his way, a legendary Viking raider named Ragnar soon will conquer North America on behalf of the History channel.
Hirst noted that Greenblatt got into detailed script conversations about the tale of King Henry VIII, which the BBC had initially turned down.
"It's always been in the background of my mind to do a Viking project," said Hirst, whose reputation as a master of history-based drama has grown from his days as screenwriter of 1998's film "Elizabeth" to his creation of the 2007-10 Showtime series "The Tudors" about the life, times and ill-fated brides of Henry VIII.