Ron Moore, executive producer for Battlestar Galactica, is developing a TV adaptation of A Knight’s Tale for ABC, Deadline reports.
The 2001 film, which starred Heath Ledger as William Thatcher, tells the tale of a 14th century peasant posing as a knight after his master dies. The film was Ledger’s first leading role, and turned him into a box office success. The movie earned $117.4 million worldwide.
The TV adaptation will remain close to the premise and style of the movie, and “is described as a medieval fantasy incorporating modern music and themes that follows the journey of a young man who starts out impersonating a knight of the realm and ends up becoming one.” Moore will be executive producing as well as writing for the series. He will be joined by Tall Ships Productions’ Maril Davis, producer Todd Black and the film’s director/producer/writer Brian Helgeland.
The Knight’s Tale series is part of an overall deal Moore signed with Sony TV. It will be joining fairy tale series Once Upon A Time and the upcoming A Kingdom Far Away, “a fantasy adventure about a quirky family surviving together on a lawless frontier…a magical land where monsters are real, and one young woman’s unlikely destiny is about to change their lives forever.”
Sony TV is also developing another TV adaptation. Beverly Hills Cop has gotten a pilot production commitment from CBS. Eddie Murphy will executive produce (and potentially cameo), and Shawn Ryan — who created The Shield and co-created ABC’s upcoming series Last Resort — will write and executive produce.
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