The History Channel has ordered its first ever scripted drama called Vikings.
Set to debut this coming summer, the medieval drama will be written by The Tudors and Elizabeth scribe Michael Hurst.
The project is casting and is set to begin filming this year in Ireland and other locations in northern Europe.
History president Nancy Dubuc described the project as a “crossroads” for History.
“People think they know about the Vikings – we see references to them all the time in our popular culture, from TV commercials to football teams – but the reality is so much more fascinating and complex, more vivid, visceral and powerful than popular legend,” she said.
“We will explore the mysteries of the Vikings, the adventures they took and the people who led them. And we will start to understand a past that is very much part of our collective DNA today.”