Production Deal Made for ‘East of Byzantium’

A scene from the mini-series production of 'East of Byzantium'

Visual Effects Veteran Roger Kupelian (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean Saga), Emmy Nominated Producer William Martens, and multiple international award winning producer Seda Melkoni of Journey Pictures, have teamed up to produce epic documentary-narrative miniseries “East of Byzantium: War Gods & Warrior Saints.”

Inspired by the graphic novel created by Roger Kupelian, forensic and historical research will guide the telling of the epic true story of the tug-of-war between religion and politics, and the first domino of the first world religion falling in the Caucuses, between the Roman and Persian Empires, the Birth of Christianity in the region, and the Armenian Kingdom that became the first to adopt the new faith as its official religion.

Privately financed, production has begun in Armenia as of June 7 with production offices stationed at Tumo where students have been given a learning opportunity with the production by filming time lapse scenes, assisting on production sets as well as participating as background actors. The production portion filmed in Armenia has been managed by Armen Kupelian of Fugitive Studios, a resident of Armenia.

Upon completion the mini-series will be presented to the worldwide networks by early fall 2014. Serj Tankian (Grammy winning lead singer of System of a Down) will compose the score.


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  1. GB said:

    We could have become forced assimilated nation, like Byzantine Empire, or Persian Empire, if we were not converted and accepted Christianity in 301 AD.

  2. Dino said:

    Armenians would be better off if they go back and worship Armenian Gods instead of one invented by violent genocidal bronze age desert nomads. At least the Armenians did not succumb to the worst of the worst, a god of violent desert nomads of the dark ages. The endless loop of committing sin and being forgiven for those sins is a moral and character pit that Armenian Civilization can never save itself.

    • Hagop hagopian said:

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Melkon A. Khandjians articles are amazing.

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