Following the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, it would appear historical mixed with fantasy dramas are in for TV shows. Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore is set to capitalizing on this growing popularity and is developing a television adaptation of the 2001 Heath Ledger film A Knight’s Tale for ABC. The original movie combined medieval action and romance with a modern soundtrack, which the television series would reportedly retain.
A Knight’s Tale saw a young Ledger in his first big starring role, romantically charm the audiences, but more importantly rise in fame. As a result of the film’s box office success, the 22-year-old actor was noticed and was picked up shortly after as a leading man.
As for this Knight’s Tale, there is no word yet on the cast for the series, but expect the main character to fall similar to a Ledger type actor. Disclaimer: if you are expecting a medieval Battlestar Galactica, well it would appear the show will be far from it. The premise is said to stay close to that of the movie (a young peasant boy who pretends to be a knight and eventually becomes one, plus a hefty dose of romantic subplot).
In addition to Battlestar, Moore has also executive produced the often overlooked and “prematurely cancelled” HBO series Carnivale as well as the TV series Roswell (which suffered a similar fate). For A Knight’s Tale, Moore will write the series, which has a script commitment from ABC, and produce alongside Tall Ship Productions. He will also be working with some of the film’s original crew, including its writer-director-producer Brian Helgeland and Todd Black.