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Sky announces the new original production from Cattleya, part of ITV Studios, and Groenlandia ROMULUS, distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment

Sky announces the new original production from Cattleya, part of ITV Studios, and Groenlandia ROMULUS, distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment

- History and myth. The founding of Rome like it has never been told before.

- A series by Matteo Rovere in his debut as a TV director.

- Produced by Sky, Cattleya, Groenlandia.

- Distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

- Starring Andrea Arcangeli, Marianna Fontana And Francesco Di Napoli.

- The series will start shooting in June throughout the Lazio region.  

Milan, May 29 – Imbued with history, legend and revolution, the epic story of the founding of Rome is told in Sky’s new original production: ROMULUS, a series by Matteo Rovere, making his debut as a director for television. Produced by Sky, Cattleya – part of ITV Studios - and Groenlandia, the series consists of 10 episodes. Filming will start in Rome in early June and will continue for 28 weeks in the Italian capital and its surroundings. 

The cast includes Andrea Arcangeli (The Startup, Trust), Marianna Fontana (Indivisible, Capri-Revolution) and Francesco Di Napoli (Piranhas), young and acclaimed talent starring in a story of survival directed by Matteo Rovere (Italian Race, The First King), Michele Alhaique (Non Uccidere, Senza Nessuna Pietà) and Enrico Maria Artale (The Third Half).

Two entire cities meticulously reconstructed on the basis of well-documented historical research, thousands of extras, more than 700 stunt people and hundreds of authentic weapons have been manufactured for the series, ROMULUS, set in the eighth century B.C., in a primitive and brutal world in which man’s fate is decided by the merciless power of nature and the gods. Filmed in archaic Latin, Romulus is the story of this world as seen through the eyes of three people marked by death, loneliness and violence: Iemos, Wiros and the young vestal Ilia. A story of men and women who discover how to shape their own destinies instead of passively suffering their fate. Their revolution is also driven by a fierce, protective, ruthless and motherly female figure. Romulus is the epic tale of the origin of Rome, like it has never been told before.

Commenting on the project, Nicola Maccanico, Executive Vice President Programming Sky Italia, said: «We are proud to launch this new project with a talented director like Matteo Rovere, who in a very few years has been able to impose himself on the film scene with his extremely personal, recognizable and successful style. And we are happy to do so with a well-established partner like Cattleya, with whom we have produced some of the cornerstones of Italian and international serial production and continue to work on new ideas. Romulus is an epic series in the true sense of the word, an international project featuring some of the youngest and outstanding Italian talents. A project that has at its heart what is perhaps the most recognizable brand of our country, Rome, which is once again set to attract worldwide attention with a great story to tell- that of the founding of the Eternal City and its myth - raw, realistic, powerful. Our history, the most proudly local of all».

Riccardo Tozzi, founding partner of Cattleya, added: “With Romulus we want to tell the origin of Rome’s power, and the interrelationship among the main events that made it possible, affirming that history exists because someone first created a story. Such an ambitious project requires the work of an outstandingly creative and motivated team. We have formed that team with Groenlandia: it's a great experience to work with a talented young director like Matteo, whom we also hold in high esteem as a fellow producer. Key to the project are also the roles of our two great partners Sky and ITV Studios”.

Matteo Rovere, founder of Groenlandia, showrunner and a director of the series said: “Romulus is a story about feelings, war, brotherhood, courage and fear. It is a great, epic fresco, a highly realistic reconstruction of the events that led to the foundation of Rome. But above all it is an investigation into the origins and the profound meaning of power in the West: a journey into an archaic and frightening world, where everything is sacred and people feel the mysterious and hostile presence of the gods everywhere. Working with Sky Italia, Cattleya and ITV Studios, three partners of extraordinary value and extensive experience, seems to me the very best way to embrace this new challenge”.

The scripts are written by Filippo Gravino (Italian Race, Alaska, Fiore, The First King), Guido Iuculano (A Quiet Life, Anything Can Happen, A Stroke of Luck, Alaska) and Matteo Rovere.

Rounding off the cast are also Giovanni Buselli (Gomorrah-The Series, My Brilliant Friend ), Silvia Calderoni (Bloody Richard), Sergio Romano (Il Campione, La Terza Stella), Demetra Avincola (Lucky, Loro 2), Massimiliano Rossi (The First King, The Vice of Hope, Ivana Lotito (Gomorrah - The Series) Gabriel Montesi (Made in Italy, The First King, Il Campione) and Vanessa Scalera (Lea).

Romulus is a Sky original series produced by Sky, Cattleya and Groenlandia. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle international sales. 

In Italy, the series will premiere exclusively on Sky.

Sky Italia, the media company part of the Sky Group, Europe’s leading entertainment group, was launched in 2003 and operates on different broadcasting platforms. Since June 2018, Sky Italia has also launched two new pay-TV offers, one via the DTT with 15 TV series, film, entertainment and sports channels, and the other via FTTH providing access to the whole Sky offering through the home broadband Internet. In addition, the Sky Q ecosystem offers the most advanced and engaging viewing experience thus creating a single viewing ecosystem with all the TV sets and Internet-connected devices by integrating all the different technologies, namely satellite, fibre and DTT also in 4k HDR. With its streaming service NOW TV, Sky also offers a selection of the platform’s best movie, entertainment and sport content. The group Sky which is part of Comcast NBCUniversal since September 2018, has 23,7 million customers across seven countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland. The company promotes a responsible business implementing projects such as Sky Academy and Sky Ocean Rescue – Un Mare da Salvare and Sky Cares at an international level.

Cattleya is Italy’s leading independent film and TV drama producer. The company has produced over 70 feature films and a dozen TV series, including: Gomorrah, Suburra, Anything Can Happen (remake of NBC’s Parenthood).

In 2019 Cattleya has started filming the tv series Petra, the popular character created by novelist Alicia Giménez-Bartlett and played by Paola Cortellesi; the second season of Carlo and Malik with Claudio Amendola, whose first season was a hit on RAI in 2018, and the film “L’immortale”, spin-off of Gomorrah the series, directed by Marco D’Amore. The series ZeroZeroZero, based on the book by best-selling author Roberto Saviano and produced for Sky, Canal+ and Amazon, is currently in post-production. Cattleya is also in an advanced stage of development of Django and other high-end TV series in English language for the international market. Together with Riccardo Tozzi, founder of Cattleya, the company is composed by Giovanni Stabilini and Marco Chimenz, both CEO, Francesca Longardi, Head of Development and Producer, and Gina Gardini, Producer. In 2017, ITV Studios, the UK’s biggest production and distribution company, acquired a majority stake in Cattleya.

Groenlandia is a production company founded in 2016 by Matteo Rovere, producer at Ascent Film, and Andrea Paris and Sydney Sibilia, director of the film franchise Smetto quando voglio. In just a few years it has established itself as one of the most interesting and innovative voices on the Italian television and cinema scene. After the experience in the executive production of the movie The Pills – Sempre Meglio che Lavorare and of the TV series Non ce la faremo mai, broadcast on Italia Uno, the company decides to focus on high-concept film productions. Since 2016, it has had under its belt the two sequels of the first Italian adventure comedy franchise, Smetto Quando Voglio (Masterclass and Ad Honorem) with over 10 million at the box office, excellent foreign sales and a huge success of the Spanish remake released in April 2019; Moglie e Marito (Simone Godano, 2017) debut film hitting €2 million at box office with foreign sales in more than 14 countries; Il Primo Re (Matteo Rovere, 2019) the most anticipated film of the season, an ambitious production with an international appeal and able to combine detailed historical research and great show, Croce e Delizia (Simone Godano, 2019) and Il Campione (Leonardo D’Agostini, 2019) a debut film and one-of-a-kind work featuring the participation of Serie A football clubs.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world’s leading international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing businesses. ITVS GE distributes more than 45,000 hours of celebrated content across all genres from both its in-house production business, ITV Studios, and in collaboration with leading producers from around the world. Part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Studios Global Entertainment has offices in London, Hong Kong, Paris, Germany, Nordics, Los Angeles and Sydney.