Capitalizing on a recent resurgence of interest in historical and fantasy dramas (and maybe the success of series like HBO’s Game of Thrones), Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore is developing a television adaptation of the 2001 Heath Ledger film A Knight’s Tale for ABC. The original movie mixed medieval action and romance with a modern soundtrack, which the television series would reportedly retain.
Moore will write the new series, which has a script commitment from ABC, and produce alongside Tall Ship Productions. A Knight’s Tale was Ledger’s first big starring role, and the film’s box office success likely helped get the then 22-year-old actor noticed as a leading man. For more of this new project, hit the jump.
No word yet on who might feature in any acting roles for the series, whose 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, of course).
Even though the series has the CW written all over it, it could also fit in well with some of ABC’s other fantasy fare such as Once Upon a Time and another movie-to-TV-show in development, Beverly Hills Cop.
In addition to Battlestar, Moore has also executive produced the often overlooked and “gone too soon” HBO series Carnivale as well as the TV series Roswell (which suffered a similar fate). For A Knight’s Tale, he will be working with some of the film’s original crew, including its writer-director-producer Brian Helgeland and Todd Black.