Ron Moore Developing the Heath Ledger Movie A Knight’s Tale into a TV Series

Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale (2011) Movie ImageMaybe getting his show “Battlestar Galactica” canceled was the best thing to ever happen to Ron Moore. The “BSG” mastermind already has the fantasy series “Outlander” gestating around town, and now he can add “A Knight’s Tale” to his resume.

Unlike “Outlander”, though, “A Knight’s Tale” has already found a home with network ABC, who have given the show a pilot commitment.

As you might have guessed, “A Knight’s Tale” will be based on the 2001 movie starring Heath Ledger. The film was a novel idea — a medieval tale set to a modern rock music soundtrack. Okay, so basically everything but the costumes and setting was modern-day, including most of the dialogue. The story followed a poor peasant squire who masquerades as a knight in order to participate in jousts and win fame, fortune, and of course, chicks.

The original film was the brainchild of writer/director Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential” and the upcoming “42”). The film was a solid hit for Sony, earning $117 million worldwide from a $65 million budget, with almost half of that coming from domestic moviegoers. It also made a movie star out of Ledger. It co-starred Shannyn Sossamon, whose career, er, didn’t quite turn out as well as Ledger’s.

Moore will develop and executive produce the TV show, which is expected to stay faithful to the movie by following the lead, William Thatcher (Ledger’s character) and most likely Paul Bettany’s character as well. Bettany played Geoffrey Chaucer. Yes, that Chaucer.

Here’s the trailer to refresh your memory of “A Knight’s Tale”. It has, after all, been over 11 years…

Via : Deadline