Ronald D. Moore is making his way back to TV after the cancelation of Caprica – his follow-up to his mid-2000s smash hit Battlestar Galactica – but this time around he’s not making a sci-fi drama but rather a TV series based on the 2001 film A Knight’s Tale.
It’s strange Moore’s next project isn’t in the science fiction genre but he has signed a deal with ABC to bring the TV version of the movie A Knight’s Tale, which featured the late Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Paul Bettany, Bérénice Bejo, and Alan Tudyk. He’s working with the film’s writer and director Brian Helgeland to create a TV adaptation of the medieval adventure movie. Moore will also produce the series with his long-time producing partner Maril Davis. A Knight’s Tale is part of the Sony library, which is being explored to see what other movies can be turned into a TV series.
A Knight’s Tale was set in 14th century Europe and was the story of a peasant and squire William Thatcher (Heath Ledger), who falsely poses as a Knight but through jousting competitions becomes victorious and wins the hand of Noble Lady Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon). The twist in A Knight’s Tale is that it’s full of classic rock songs from the 70s and 80s, despite its medieval setting. It’s unclear if this element of the movie will be brought in for the TV series.
Again, A Knight’s Tale seems like a strange move for Moore. He’s mostly known for his sci-fi work including Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, and Roswell and his work with the Star Trek series including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, so it’s odd to see Moore produce a TV Series that is set on Earth, during the middle ages, and has classic arena rock music behind it. Maybe Moore will make a more serious version of A Knight’s Tale, like something similar to what he did with the campy 1978 Battlestar Galactica.