Capitalizing on either the success of HBO's Game of Thrones or the 2008 death of Heath Ledger—take your pick, cynics—ABC has bought a television series adaptation of the 2001 feature film A Knight's Tale.
Written and executive produced by Battlestar Galactica developer/exec producer Ron Moore, the series is expected to follow the same concept and style as the movie. Starring Heath Ledger in his first major role, the film took place in the 14th century and concerned a peasant named William Thatcher who posed as a knight of the realm and ended up becoming one himself. Despite its period setting, the movie featured modern music and popular rock songs, and the TV adaptation will follow suit.
The film's writer/director/producer Brian Helgeland and producer Todd Black will also serve as executive producers on the project with Moore and his Tall Ship Productions partner Maril Davis.
Purchased with a script commitment, A Knight's Tale could find a home alongside ABC's Once Upon A Time and other fantasy dramas the alphabet network has been developing, including A Kingdom Far Away, a fantasy adventure about an unorthodox family surviving in a magical land where monsters are real.
This project seems like it came out of left field. Although the film was a worldwide box office success and catapulted Heath Ledger to stardom, why would there be interest in reviving it as a TV show over a decade later? Regardless, I am all for an influx of fantasy programming to break up the monotony of reality shows and police and doctor procedurals. How about you, TVRagers?