Producer Simon Vaughn’s long-gestating four-hour miniseries Titanic has found an U.S. home, ABC. The internationally produced project has now been greenlit and will start filming in Hungary in the spring. The premiere of the mini, written by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey), is slated to coincide with the centenary of the ship’s sinking next year. Titanic, distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment and co-produced and financed by Vaughn’s Lookout Point, will debut simultaneously on ABC and Canada’s Global, followed closely by premieres in the other territories, which include Australia (Channel Seven), Ireland (TV3), New Zealand (TVNZ) Portugal (SIC), Sweden (SVT) and UK (ITV1). Featuring fictional and historical characters, Titanic will chronicle the famous ship’s maiden and final voyage through multiple points of view. U.K.’s ITV Studios. Deep Indigo Prods. and Lookout Point, Canada’s Sienna Films and Hungary-based Mid Atlantic Films will produce. ABC also picked up two other internationally-produced minis spearheaded by Vaughn, Ben Hur and Diamond.
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