The Lions of Al-Rassan Coming to the Big Screen

Ed Zwick will direct a period epic based on Guy Gavriel Kay’s novel “The Lions of Al-Rassan,” about the collision of religion in Spain during the Middle Ages that mixes fact and fantasy.

Over the centuries, the once stern rulers of Al-Rassan have been seduced by sensuous pleasures. Now King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, adding city after city to his realm, aided by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan–poet, diplomat, soldier–until a summer day of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

Meanwhile, in the north, the Jaddite’s most celebrated–and feared–military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, and Ammar meet. Sharing the interwoven fate of both men is Jehane, the beautiful, accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond….

Variety reports Warner Bros. Pictures have acquired film right to the book and Vera Blasi will adapt.

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