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A Knight’s Tale: The Series? Plus A Few Forgotten Points Of Interest

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.

Quoth Deadline:

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.

Source: Deadline. Image: The Cinematic Intelligence Agency.

Did You Know? People SWEAR Sometimes on Xbox Live!

I know, right? We’re all shocked too. It’s… almost… as if… people indulging in recreational activities without supervision, required or not, under a blanket of internet anonymity… can get a little worked up on occasion. Go figure!

Thankfully we have a crack team of serious hard-boiled journalists over at some random ABC local news affiliate (not at all fumbling around to fill airtime) to help us sort all this out.

Quoth ABC Local:

“Incredible levels of profanity, racial epithets, homosexually-oriented epithets. We’re talking 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-year-old kids who are getting exposed to this regularly,” said Roberts.

Internet safety expert Parry Aftab says this inappropriate language in online gaming is rampant, and she’s concerned it’s leading to dangerous cyber bullying.

“They may trash talk. They may be calling you names. They may steal their passwords. Or a lot of them may gang up on one online, not because it’s a good strategic win, but to hurt the other person,” said Aftab.

I bet they all wear fedoras with little cards that say “press” on them.

Seriously, there’s this little thing called the internet, guys. Maybe you’ve heard of it before? It’s that place where your story was posted. Take a cursory glance at your own comments section and maybe you’ll see how this thing works.

People are dicks. On and offline, in-game or not, whether children are around or not. And here’s a mindbender for you: those “8-, 9-, 10-, 11-year-old kids” whose innocence you’re so afraid for? As it happens, they’re all dicks too. There’s a reason all those whiny voices pouring in through my headset – that is, if I ever turned it on – all sound like pre-pubescent snot-nosed punks.

I’ll assume you were young once and have at some point in your lives spent time on a playground. Even if you were the most sheltered children on Earth, the rest of ’em probably weren’t, so chances are you were “exposed to inappropriate material” just by being social and having friends.

But forget that. There’s HARD-HITTING JOURNALISM to be done! Prep the exploding vans, we’ll see you at the local Emmys!

Source: Kotaku.