On the list of news items I expected to see floating around today, this was somewhere near the bottom, or perhaps tucked away inside a small concealed compartment just underneath the bottom.
A Knight’s Tale, the 2001 feature starring Heath Ledger, is headed to the small screen in a series adaptation written by Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore. ABC has bought the project, from Sony Pictures TV, with a script commitment.
At ABC, A Knight’s Tale would be a good fit for hit Once Upon A Time and other fantasy dramas the network has in development for next season, including A Kingdom Far Away from feature writer Justin Marks and di Bonaventura Television.
You might remember A Knight’s Tale best as the one medieval fantasy movie which dared use a Queen song. Remember how indignant people were about that in 2001? Fun times.
Any new Ron Moore project has me excited, to be perfectly honest. I’m kind of a mark for the guy after all he did to elevate Battlestar Galactica above the nostalgic 70s “disco planet!” fromagé of the Glen Larson days. That, plus he does great things with established properties in general. And he wrote The Next Generation‘s “The Defector”, so that’s an instant pass from me. THE DEFECTOR, OKAY? C’MON.
I’ll admit one thing: I had completely forgotten all about the original A Knight’s Tale until today. Which means…
1. Holy crap, that was Heath Ledger? The Heath Ledger who needs no introduction? That Heath Ledger?
2. Holy crap, that was Alan Tudyk? The dodgeball pirate, “a leaf on the wind”, and one of Joss Whedon’s many victims? That Alan Tudyk?
3. Holy crap, that was Mark Addy? Robert Baratheon, king of the Seven Kingdoms and protector of the realm? That Mark Addy?
Wow. This is one of those moments where I have to stop and give my head a shake. That’s all.
Bonus points if Ron Moore inserts Head Six and Head Baltar into the background of some random shot. They had to be doing something these last 150,000 years.