Bestselling novel adaptation, The Pillars of the Earth, gets gory new teaser trailer

Lovely night for a scheme

Two new teaser trailers – one with blood and one without – for Daedalic Entertainment’s forthcoming adaptation of Ken Follett’s novel, The Pillars of the Earth, have been uploaded to Daedalic’s YouTube channel over the weekend.

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The Pillars of the Earth is an historical novel set mainly during The Anarchy, a 19-year-long civil war in England ignited by the accidental death of King Henry I’s son and only legitimate heir. The novel explores themes of intrigue and conspiracy, as different factions manoeuvre to place their chosen successor on the throne.

Against this backdrop, the construction of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge draws the attention of those who would use the project for their own ends, generally to the misery of the town’s poor residents.

The Pillars of the Earth became Ken Follett’s bestselling work, and was selected for no less an honour than Oprah’s Book Club in 2007. In 2010, Starz adapted it into an eight-part miniseries starring Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, Matthew MacFadyen and a young(er) Eddie Redmayne (trailer here).

Daedalic’s adaptation of the novel has been in progress since at least 2014, when it was first announced. It is billed as an interactive novel, and will retell the original story with a branching format. The two trailers do a neat job of capturing the novel’s grim tone, and you can get a sense of the Disney-esque art style too. We’ve linked the bloodier trailer above, because we want to prepare you for the cruelty of life, but you can see the family-friendly one here.

Looks like we can expect a fusion of Telltale’s Game of Thrones with The Banner Saga’s art. If that sounds good to you, this is one to watch. The game is due to release in 2017, to coincide with the third novel in the Kingsbridge series. It will be available for PC, Mac and Linux, among others.