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A KNIGHT’S TALE: THE SERIES!! BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Mastermind Ronald D. Moore Penning The Pilot For ABC!!

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Having scored a major hit with costume drama “Once Upon A Time,” ABC has just hired “Battlestar Galactica” mastermind Ronald D. Moore to write a pilot for a series version of the 2001 feature “A Knight’s Tale.”

The movie, which made a star of Heath Ledger, followed a peasant who found himself impersonating a knight.

The plan, apparently, is to utilize a soundtrack full of rock & roll hits, just as the movie did.

Moore’s pre-Galactica credits include “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Roswell” and “Carnivale.”

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  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST


    by GeptaOO1

    sounds awesome

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Knight Rock?

    by decypher44


  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by decypher44

    Will David Manning be reviewing the pilot?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by Simpsonian

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Game of Thrones meets Glee; fuck, that is lame.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Movie was complete shit...

    by SauceDiesel

    TV show will be worse. Shrek was playing at the theatre beside us and I remember asking outloud 15 minutes into the movie if there was still time to go see Shrek. That comment got more response from the audience than anything else in that movie.

  • Moore's talent is wasted on this

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    The film was fun

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Good cast too. Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, and the awesomeness that is Alan Tudyk. They'd better cast it right, or it will be Twilight, the Camalot years.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    i, personally, love the movie.

    by Richard

    Ledger, Tudyk and Bettany are big reasons why. I could see how this woyld work, as a week-to-week "will they get caught?" type of vibe. How the hell do you live up to that cast though? Could be interesting.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I am torn by this

    by Prooth

    I love love love this movie. And I love Heath, of course. I want the series to do well so Brian Helgeland can get more appreciation, but I imagine it would be really different than the movie and have really awful "drama" that attempts to create unnecessary tone and arcs like in Eddie Izzard's "The Riches." The emphasis should be on fun, frolic and episodic interaction, not on arcs beyond maybe earning a real knighthood or something obvious like that. (I'm not against drama, but unnecessary heaviness, awful one note bad guy-ness from the Wicked Queen in "Once Upon A Time," and similar fillers are awful and should be totally avoided.)

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Are you shitting me

    by Phategod2

    1st. Paul Bettany was break out star of this movie 2nd Paul Bettany's ass was the second break out star of this movie 3rd. Shannon Sossamon was almost as hot as Bettany's ass. 4. ARE YOU SHITTING ME TV!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    By George, I think decypher44's got it.

    by Bill C.

    That said: I would kill for a medieval version of the 'Dear Sister' scene from 'One Tree Hill.' And I think Ron's just fucked up enough to do it.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Worst ending in the history of onscreen science fiction

    by Raptor Jesus

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Let me guess...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    The pilot will introduce the main driving influence for the characters and the main thrust of the series. They will hint at it for 2 1/2 seasons and then completely abandon it after a 13 month hiatus and completely change course, beginning with the "death" of the Chaucer character. The story will then senselessly meander for another 1 1/2 seasons, with Jane Espenson taking over as show runner to completely destroy any possible sense of momentum. Series ends and retarded fanboys blather on about it being the best thing they've ever seen on television.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Oh, please, deliver me.....a terrible movie

    by Clio

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Didn't "10 Things I Hate About You" make him famous?

    by The Outlander

    Or possibly even the Australian film "Two Hands". I though “A Knight’s Tale” was the first disappointing film he made after making two cool films.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Too soon, man, too soon

    by cromulent

    Nah, I'm just kidding. I don't care.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    A Knight's Tale

    by TaisonX

    is not a terrible movie. It should have been by all rights, the concept was terrible and execution wasn't very good either. Though my some miracle they managed to get an amazing cast that held it all together and in the end made it a likable film. That being said, there is no reason to try and make a TV series out of that nonsense. It barely made a good 2 hour movie with an amazing cast.

  • Sir, How about somethin like a Knights Tale? People will watch it because it'll be on TV

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    that was a pretty shitty movie

    by la te ral us

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    The modern music kills the movie, as it also kills Ladyhawke

    by Ash Talon

    Modern music and medieval settings just don't work. It didn't work in Ladyhawke, and it didn't work in A Knight's Tale. It's an obvious and pandering attempt to appeal to a modern audience instead of just concentrating on making the story and characters interesting.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    Love Heath Ledger and everyone who worked on "A Knight's Tale," but hate (HATE!!!) the movie. Stupid, mushy-brained, teenage melodrama with swords and horsies. And cheesy rock songs? I mean, this decision alone made the movie un-fucking-watchable for me. One of my top-ten worst films of all time. I love Ron Moore and his work on "Battlestar Galactica," but as a poster above aptly put it, this will be "Game of Thrones meets Glee." They'll cast a bunch of young hotties, have them pretend to be knights and princesses, have them glower stupidly quite often at each other, then highlight each show by playing or singing the latest Carly Rae Jepsen song to appear on the season soundtrack. Yay... What a wonderful suit-driven idea! What a lovely cross-marketing, multi-demographic opportunity! Sorry for my facetiousness, but I'm trying not to throw up right now.

  • A fun flick, but not worth a tv show.... I thought Moore was doing a pilot for Wild Wild West, now that I would pay to see!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Does sound dumb though....

    by Dan

    Again, I want Wild Wild West....

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    GOD DID IT. Moore sucks, because he fucked up the end. GOD DID IT.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    It was a weak cheap bad idea for an ending. How can Moore look back on Battlestar Galactica and be proud of that ending? It's like he didn't even know why people liked the series; not a good trait for a showrunner.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    How about a show with knights based on an original premise that no one's ever seen before, with music that isn't era-inappropriate, with characters that are badass and fun to watch? Anyone? Nah, you're right. That would never work.

  • You know what that means. They'll fail to get the permissions to carry the music over to the dvd, which consequently will have to use inferior music to the film.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    What about RDM's "Outlander" medieval fantasy project?

    by _V_

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Yay, Yet another flop from a great writer.

    by Dale

    I love RDM, why does he pimp himself out to series that are doomed from the start? He needs to find another space opera and work it!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    9 times out of 10, anything that ends in :The Series sucks

    by tangcameo

    And 9 out of 10 times its usually filmed in Canada.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Speaking of knight, No dark knight returns review?

    by mistergreen

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Strike while the iron is hot, eh?

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Somebody should tell them that Heath is dead

    by cozy

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    So they've decided to adapt the worst parts of a mediocre movie

    by Bass Ackwards

    This should be....well, probably cancelled quickly.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    My girlfriend at the time

    by songfighter

    made me take her to see A Knight's Tale. It was only after I'd spent the entire showing gleefully tearing apart this travesty of a film (thinking we were in agreement on that opinion) that I found out it was her third viewing and she wanted me to see how great it is. Luckily, she was always too horny to hold a grudge.

  • Zombie Heath Ledger Cameo!

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Two words.... COP ROCK?!

    by TRON

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST

    fore Knights about to Rock................

    by Balkin Flabgurter


  • Sept. 22, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST

    @dandelion that was like momma bears stuff, just right.

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Knight's Tale was one of those movies where...

    by Aaron Synn

    I hated it initially for not being what I wanted it to be... Then ended up loving it for what it is: Goofy fun with jousting.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    jimmy rabbitte

    by donkey_lasher

    Wrong. It was the fanboys who where whining about the ending and still are, endlessly. And guess what? You're one of them.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    If they get Alan Tudyk to reprise his role

    by Roger Workman

    then I'm onboard 100%.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    *Spoiler Alert* God did it!

    by fanboy71

    No reason to watch now.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I'd prefer a spinoff about his sidekicks

    by Larrylongballs

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Love the movie, hope the show can pan out. Could be great fun!

    by ChakaMudd

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    What we need is Nolan to make dark version.....

    by migmog

    It will PRETEND to be something about knights but it will really be an over long epic about firstly hearing about a hole, secondly being imprisoned in a hole and thirdly climbing out of a hole This must include some long words in the exposition so that the 'educated crowd' laud at it's high brow narrative. I feel the whole thing should be based on Dante's Inferno. Lastly get atleast 1 fanboy to declare that this new work is greater than Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver. Many more will follow until they watch the production again in solitude finding it wasn't about knights at all and that is what made it shyte. Having woke up from this nightmare fanboy declares the need for a different type of knight show one with knight in it.................... THE END

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    I'm glad Heath Ledger is dead.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Luke Skywalker is a better Joker.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Shannyn Sossamon Gotta Eat!

    by Magnus Greel

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    This movie was good, but a series? No. Get the hell out of my house.

    by happybunni

  • So we have the Lorne Greene BSG...we have the Olmos BSG...isn't there room for another parallel universe of BSG at this point? After all, didn't they say in this last series that this has all happened before and will all happen again? I like the idea of a new take on it. The differences between the original series and the Ron Moore version were intriguing and let's see another parallel universe with areas that the last series never got the re-imagining of Count Ibli or Lucifer...or perhaps even the original Cylons with the multi-brain! Maybe this one can have Dirk Benedict as Chameleon, the possible father of Starbuck. Hey...why not? I think Ron could reboot BSG after a 5 year break between BSG's.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Give Star Trek to Moore and be done with it.

    by albert comin

    He gets it. Unlike a certain people i know of.