T.E. Lawrence will get a modern day update courtesy of "Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich. For those hoping for Lawrence of Arabia versus aliens, don't hold your breath.
The director will team with FremantleMedia International as well as writers Clive Bradley ("Waking The Dead") and Rod Lurie ("Straw Dogs") for a six hour drama mini-series based on the legendary British Army officer.
The mini-series has a lot to live up to, as the heroic World War I journey of "Lawrence of Arabia" was of course told in the classic 1962 Peter O'Toole film directed by David Lean. The film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Lean.
FremantleMedia has named well-known biographer Michael Korda, whose works include "Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia," as the official historical consultant on the project.
David Ellender, CEO of FremantleMedia International, said: "T. E. Lawrence was undoubtedly one of the greatest military and political strategists of our time and a stunningly intrepid Englishman who tried to unite the Arab world. The heritage of this story is fascinating - beyond the historical element, it's a personal tale of emotional turmoil, identity crisis, conflicting loyalties and individual brilliance."
He continued, "The Middle East and Arab Spring as we know them today are linked to Lawrence’s actions, which make this epic incredibly topical. I am delighted that we are working with partners of such high caliber to bring this project to the screen."