Come back with us to the heady summer days of August 2001. We were not yet struck with the grief and fallout of September 11th and we were celebrating the next step in Heath Ledger’s journey towards charismatic film stardom in A Knight’s Tale. Now Battlestar Galactica reboot overlord Ron Moore will be looking to bottle that feeling once again, crafting a version of Brian Helgeland’s film for the small screen.
US network ABC has ponied up the cash with a commitment to pay Moore to develop the pilot script. Assuming it ever goes to series – nothing is guaranteed in the cutthroat world of telly pilots and network decisions – the show is expected to hew fairly close to the movie’s premise, which saw Ledger’s peasant William Thatcher posing as a knight to achieve his destiny, while also winning the heart of a princess.
Like the film, it’ll blend modern music and sporting sensibilities with the jousting / sword-swinging action. If Moore’s sensible, he’ll also find comic talents to match those of original stars Alan Tudyk, Paul Bettany and Mark Addy, who added a lot to the movie’s entertainment value. If you need a refresher or if you’ve never seen A Knight’s Tale (why not?!), check out the trailer below.