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The Man Who Brought Back Battlestar Galactica Is Bringing Back A Knight’s Tale

In 2001, we were graced with the presence that was A Knight’s Tale. The story of a peasant posing as a knight in the 14th century, an alternate 14th century of sorts, where David Bowie and other modern musical acts exist just so Lords and Ladies could dance jauntily at court. It starred Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, and Rufus Sewell, and it was delightfully terrible/amazing. The only logical thing to do is make a television drama based on it over ten years later, right? What I’d like to know is, why hasn’t Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore been attending our Knight’s Tale fan club meetings? 

A Knight’s Tale also starred the fantastic Paul Bettany as Chaucer, Game of Thrones’ Mark Addy, and Firefly’s Alan Tudyk. They were quite the team.

So what would this TV show be like? Well, details are few at this juncture but Deadline reports ABC has bought the proposed project from Sony Pictures TV.

“In addition to writing, Moore is executive producing with his producing partner at Tall Ship Prods,” says Deadline. “Maril Davis as well as the film’s writer-director-producer Brian Helgeland and producer Todd Black.”

Moore is also apparently working on getting Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series brought to television. Meanwhile, X-Men’s Bryan Singer is busy rebooting Battlestar as a film.

What are your thoughts on bringing A Knight’s Tale to TV? My initial thought was “why?” but the more I think about it, the more I think it could be really great. Moore did a pretty good job with BSG and if we’re lucky, he’ll bring Bear McCreary along to work on the music.

(via Deadline)

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  • Shard Aerliss

    If he makes William a woman I’m sending in the ninjas. Also if Chaucer doesn’t have the most AMAZING coats I’m sending in the ninjas.

  • Anonymous

    terribly/amazing? I think it was just amazing!!!

  • Dana Kay Bach

    Yeah, I’m gonna say completely unecessary…

  • Robert Vary

    Leave Shannyn Sossamon’s character out of it and I’m THERE.

  • mycah

    I’m all for it, but they really can’t take away the comedy that made the movie. If they make it a drama it will just be a Game of thrones knockoff to the public.

  • Anonymous

    Yay he’s making another remake and turning something fun into his bleak, anti-technology Christian mythology stick plus added rape-fantasy. And by ‘yay’ I mean ‘gaaah’.

  • BirdBot

    This sounds like an absolutely terrible idea. A Knight’s tale is goofy and wonderful and fun. BSG was self-serious, plodding and grim. There is no way any of that fantastic cast is going to come back for a tv version of the film, and no actor should have to try to fill Ledger’s or Bettany’s or Tudyk’s shoes. I hate to be so pessimistic, I can’t imagine it being anything but awful.

  • Anonymous

    I am unfamiliar with Ron Moore, but where does rape fantasy come into A Knight’s Tale?

  • Mieko Gavia

    I’m opposed to this, however if they DO remake it then William has to fall in love with the lady blacksmith instead of princess bland-o. These are my terms, Ron Moore.

  • Ividia Kt

    gods, no….let wonderful Heath rest in peace….

  • Doctor Oddfellow

    Nah, I like the strong lady blacksmith who was independent within the film and out, not needing a love interest to validate her presence in the film.

  • Eudora Quilt

    I have to admit that I desperately wanted William to go for the lady blacksmith too when I first watched it, mainly because princess bland-o is the most annoying love interest in a film I ever managed to watch to the end, but now I can’t argue with Doctor Oddfellow’s line of reasoning: lady blacksmith is awesome enough and does not need to be matched up.