'The Pillars of the Earth': Laying the foundation

How do you adapt 1,000 pages of plot? Honestly, a mini-series is really pretty much the only format that makes any sense for books that are bigger than a breadbox. Just take a look at Shogun, or the Stephen King double bill of It and The Stand, or even the upcoming HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s epically lengthy fantasy novels, in which each season will essentially be a mini-series adaptation of a single one of the books. So it makes total sense that Ken Follett’s massive cube of a historical novel The Pillars of the Earth would end up as an “8-hour mini-series event.”

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