Ron Moore is heading from outer space to medieval times. The “Battlestar Galactica” showrunner will next tackle a television version of “A Knight’s Tale” that has been picked up by ABC.
Deadline has the news, reporing that “the series is expected to stay close to the premise and the style of the movie — it is described as a medieval fantasy incorporating modern music and themes that follows the journey of a young man who starts out impersonating a knight of the realm and ends up becoming one.” The 2001 feature film starred Heath Ledger as the titular knight, Shannyn Sossamon as his love interest and Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer.
As fans of Moore will know, he’s more than adept at adapting previously successful projects to the small screen. Though it might seem like a strange choice to have him tackle “A Knight’s Tale,” we’d argue that this is some of the best television news we’ve heard in a long time.
First off: if you haven’t seen “Battlestar Galactica” already, fix that. Moore managed to take a cult-hit from the ’80s and turn it into one of the best television series of the past decade. “Battlestar Galactica” might have taken place on a spaceship after much of the human race was destroyed by a race of sentient robots known as Cylons, but it examined many political and moral issues that are pertinent today. Just watch the abortion or union-centric episodes and tell us it’s not great TV.
With that in mind, Moore could do great things for “A Knight’s Tale.” As long as ABC gives him the right amount of freedom, he could tell the fun, rock ’n’ roll story of a man trying to find his place in the world while also offering up a critique of our society. If there’s anything that shows like “Breaking Bad,” “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” have taught us, it’s that the more challenging a TV show is for its audience, the better it likely will be for them as a whole. Also, we just really miss “Battlestar Galactica.”
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