BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Producer Ronald D. Moore Developing A KNIGHT’S TALE TV Series for ABC

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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.

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  • Livy

    They better keep Chaucer as a character. Easily the best thing about that movie.

    • Diana

      Indeed. Those are some big shoes to fill. Although just off the top of my head I can think of a couple of actors (Freddie Fox, Rafe Spall) with the dramatic and comedic chops for the role.

    • Old Soldier

      Chaucer was the best character hopefully Moore doesn’t turn him into a woman “just to create controversy”.

  • Rena Moretti

    Oh goody… Yet another stupid remake produced by a bad writer-producer…

    There are just so many reason to watch more TV these days.

    When Ronald D. Moore, the man responsible for the creative and ratings disaster that was Shakystar Crapotica is thought to be a name audiences will get excited about, you know what’s wrong with today’s networks.

    • Mike

      Get back under your bridge troll.

      • Old Soldier

        “If you don’t want to be attack by a troll, goats should stay off the bridge.”

  • archibald

    This may turn out okay, but does it bother anybody else that it feels like the execs now seem to be making movies and shows based on old stuff and have a complete and utter disregard for anything new and fresh?

    • archibald

      Example: Bates Hotel? Are you freakin’ kidding me?

    • THundersauresrex

      yes cause today is the only day and age that we do remakes and shows based off of movies… shuuuuuuuuut up they’ve been doing this for years. Spin offs and movie to TV. get of your high horse.

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  • Jake

    Oh Joy, the Hack Ronnie Moore once again simply repackages an existing product, and tries to put his name on it.

    Yawn. Just call the thing Knights Tale 90210, or As the Knights Tale Turns, as EVERYTHING this over rated hack touches is nothing but Soap Opera crappola.

    RDM has yet to ever write something original, yet his fan bois pretend he’s really a writer…

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  • Jon

    To precis the gino trolls here “ugh, Moore, we hate him ‘cos he turned Starbuck into a girl. Watch it? Of course I didn’t – weren’t you listening when I told you that he turned Starbuck into a girl? It was good? Don’t be ridiculous, how can it have actually been good when they turned Starbuck into a girl? No, I will not watch it and find out for myself – didn’t I just tell you they turned Starbuck into a girl? And don’t get me started on Boomer – they turned him into a girl as well. Anyone would think that this was original drama rather than a tired retread of camp, outdated 1970s nonsense with no acknowledgement that the world’s moved on” At this point the correspondent in the argument has either walked away, rolling their eyes and shaking their heads or slashed their wrists, disappointed that there really is somebody that dumb in the world….

  • Jon

    To precis the gino trolls here \"ugh, Moore, we hate him \’cos he turned Starbuck into a girl. Watch it? Of course I didn\’t – weren\’t you listening when I told you that he turned Starbuck into a girl? It was good? Don\’t be ridiculous, how can it have actually been good when they turned Starbuck into a girl? No, I will not watch it and find out for myself – didn\’t I just tell you they turned Starbuck into a girl? And don\’t get me started on Boomer – they turned him into a girl as well. Anyone would think that this was original drama rather than a tired retread of camp, outdated 1970s nonsense with no acknowledgement that the world\’s moved on\" At this point the correspondent in the argument has either walked away, rolling their eyes and shaking their heads or slashed their wrists, disappointed that there really is somebody that dumb in the world….

  • Jon

    To precis the gino trolls here”ugh, Moore, we hate him ‘cos he turned Starbuck into a girl. Watch it? Of course I didn’t – weren’t you listening when I told you that he turned Starbuck into a girl? It was good? Don’t be ridiculous, how can it have actually been good when they turned Starbuck into a girl? No, I will not watch it and find out for myself – didn’t I just tell you they turned Starbuck into a girl? And don’t get me started on Boomer – they turned him into a girl as well. Anyone would think that this was original drama rather than a tired retread of camp, outdated 1970s nonsense with no acknowledgement that the world’s moved on.” At this point the correspondent in the argument has either walked away, rolling their eyes and shaking their heads or slashed their wrists, disappointed that there really is somebody that dumb in the world….

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