A Knight’s Tale, a film which helped thrust heath Ledger into the limelight, looks like it will be turned into a T.V. show. Deadline reports that Ron Moore, the man who adapted Battlestar Galactica for modern audiences, is developing the project, which will air on ABC.
The show will apparently stay close to the source material, both thematically and stylistically. That’s good news for many of the movie’s fans, as many enjoyed the odd mix of elements including Geoffrey Chaucer and Queen. The movie’s classic rock soundtrack somehow worked perfectly with middle age setting. The show, like the movie, will likely forgo historical accuracy for humor and cultural relevance.
Of course most television shows based on movies don’t fare traditionally well; few make it past a couple of seasons. Their success rate is even lower when an iconic actor is replaced. Remember the Ferris Bueller show? Neither do I.
It was only a few years ago that another Ledger movie, 10 Things I Hate About You was adapted into a T.V. show, which only lasted a season. If Knight’s Tale is to succeed it may be an uphill battle, but Moore’s record suggests he’s up for it.