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During the 1950s and 60s the historical epic was something of a staple of Hollywood’s output – from Ben-Hur to The Fall of the Roman Empire, sword and sandals tales on a huge scale were incredibly popular, guaranteed to draw huge crowds into the cinemas.
By the late 1990s, however, this was long a thing of the past. Studios were reluctant to pour the required millions into such lavish productions for fear that the public no longer wanted to see such movies, and for the most part they were right. Then Ridley Scott came along – collaborating with writers and producers David Franzoni and Douglas Wick, they pitched the idea of Gladiator to Universal Pictures who gave the movie the green light even before a script had been completed. It was a bold move, especially considering that the script would be under constant rewrites throughout the lengthy production.
- Andrew Dilks
The network is partnering with Irish DreamTime, Pierce Brosnan’s production company, for the project and already has David Franzoni—who won an Oscar for 2000′s Gladiator—on board to direct. Brosnan, Beau St. Clair of Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet, Brian Gary, and Craig Sheftell are set to executive produce. Michael Finch of Predators and Franzoni will take on writing duties and also executive produce.
The Crusaders, »
- Ariana Bacle
Spike TV is continuing to mine history in search of scripted programming gold. The network, which is currently working on an event series centering around King Tutankhamun, is also developing an event series about the Crusades, the network said Tuesday. Also read: Ben Kingsley to Star in Spike TV's ‘Tut’ The series, dubbed “The Crusaders,” will be produced by Pierce Brosnan‘s Irish DreamTime and Mark Sennet Entertainment. Brosnan is executive producing, as are Irish DreamTime's Beau St. Clair. Mark Sennet, Brian Gary and Craig Sheftell. Michael Finch (“Predators”) and David Franzoni (“Gladiator”) are executive producing and writing the project. »
- Tim Kenneally
Spike TV will be developing a series based on the historic events of the Crusades, teaming with Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and David Franzoni for the project.
Billed as an event series, “The Crusaders” takes place during the Third Crusade, which is after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin’s armies, and centers on two knights who journey from Scotland to the Holy Land for different reasons. There, bound together by war, they will encounter Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, the Hashshashin and their own personal demons.
“The Crusaders” will be executive produced by Brosnan and Bau St. Clair from Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet (“Bag of Bones”), Brian Gary (“Jefferson Davis: An American President”) and Craig Sheftell from Sennet Entertainment. Michael Finch (“Predators”) and David Franzoni (“Gladiator”) are on board to executive produce as well as write.
- Shelli Weinstein
Set during the Third Crusade, after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin's armies, the story centers on two different knights who journey from Scotland to the Holy Land for very different reasons.
War, politics and betrayal are all played out as they encounter the likes of Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, the Hashshashin and their own personal demons.
This follows on from the network's announcement yesterday of Ben Kingsley joining their "King Tut" event series.
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- Garth Franklin
A measure of a successful movie need not be limited to its box office take or its number of wins at the end of awards' season, but should also take into account how well the story, cast, and visuals hold up upon subsequent viewings decades later. For Steven Spielberg's 1997 historical drama, Amistad, the four Oscar nominations took some of the sting out of a poor box office performance, but this 175-year-old tale of a struggle for freedom is, sadly, still very relevant to contemporary times. Additionally, the film's excellent cast is a treasure trove of both veteran actors and young up-and-comers who would go on to make a big name for themselves in later years. Now that Amistad is available on Blu-ray, you can revisit the film for yourself. Hit the jump for my review. Feature: Based on the true story of the 1839 uprising by newly captured Mende slaves aboard the ship La Amistad, »
- Dave Trumbore
Read up on Deadline’s top TV stories of the week: Deal Reached To Film ‘House Of Cards’ Season 3 In Maryland After All By Dominic Patten In the end, they struck a tax credit deal that probably would have made Frank Underwood proud. Today Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Of Cards producers Media Rights Capital announced they have found a way to keep the Netflix series in the state for its upcoming third season. Pilots 2014: The Latest Buzz By Nellie Andreeva We’ve reached the point when the fate of pilots is out of the hands of their creators and into the hands of network executives. In the next two weeks, the execs will rely on testings, internal screenings and (occasionally) their gut to pick a couple of dozen pilots that will join the schedule next season. Columbus Short Leaving ABC’s ‘Scandal’ By Nellie Andreeva Scandal »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Us TV network Fox, in partnership with Landscape Entertainment, is developing a new event series based on the early years of Jesus’ life. Nazareth will follow the Messiah’s so-called lost years, starting with a family pilgrimage to Jerusalem at the age of 13 and ending up with his baptism aged 30, which marked the beginning of his public ministry.
So what might be in store for viewers in this coming of age story? Jesus trying out new hair styles? Learning important life lessons? I suspect we probably won’t see him falling in with a bad crowd and experimenting with sex, drugs and rock n’ roll (but you never know – remember Scorsese’s The Last Temptation Of Christ anyone?).
- Claire Joanne Huxham
MTV has announced a June 23rd premiere date for the 12-episode fourth season of "Teen Wolf".
Finally, Netflix has announced an August 1st premiere date for the six-episode final installment of the U.S. version of "The Killing". The series previously aired on AMC.
The story follows the group working together to maintain order in the kingdom. Standing in their way are Grim and Hildy Gloom, a novice warlock and witch couple, who plot to dethrone the Queen and take over the town. [Source: THR]
Fox has begun development of the event series "Nazareth" which David Franzoni »
- Garth Franklin
The Bible continues to inspire Hollywood.
Fox is developing Nazareth, an “event series” documenting the formative years of Jesus.
Written and executive produced by Gladiator scribe David Franzoni, the miniseries will focus on Jesus of Nazareth’s “lost years,” the period between ages 12 and 30, which is not described in the New Testament.
The series is part of an overall deal with Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment, which is producing Nazareth with FX Productions and Entertainment One. Franzoni and Eleven Films’ Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson will serve as executive producers alongside Cooper.
Nazareth follows History’s record-breaking, Christianity-themed miniseries The Bible. »
- Amber Ray
With popularity of Bible-themed projects showing no signs of subsiding, Fox has put in development Nazareth, an event series written/executive produced by David Franzoni (Gladiator) and executive produced by Bob Cooper. Nazareth is the first project under an overall deal for event series that Fox has signed with Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment. It follows the formative years of Jesus of Nazareth. There had been a lot of interest recently in Jesus’ so called “lost years,” a lesser known period in his life because there is very little written about him from the age of 13, following a pilgrimage to Jerusalem he took with his parents, to age 30, when he began his ministry and was baptized by John the Baptist. Lifetime in February started development on The One, a TV movie from Hatfields & McCoys producer Leslie Greif and writers Frank DeJohn and David Alton Hedges, which is described as a coming-of-age »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fox may have found its own version of The Bible. The network has inked an overall deal with Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment and teamed with the banner to develop Nazareth, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama is being developed as an event series and will follow the formative years of Jesus of Nazareth. Gladiator Academy Award-winner David Franzoni will pen the script and executive produce the Landscape, FX Productions and Entertainment One vehicle alongside Cooper and Tyler Mitchell as well as Eleven Films' Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson. Story: The 'Bible' Effect and the Resurrection of TV Miniseries
- Lesley Goldberg
Fox is the latest network to have found God. The broadcaster is developing Nazareth, a drama that follows Jesus' lesser-known formative years.
David Franzoni (Gladiator, Amistad) is writing the project, which is the latest entrant in TV's recent religious and spiritual programming boom. Inspired by the success of History's The Bible, NBC (A.D.: Beyond the Bible), CBS (The Dovekeepers), Wgn America, Own and CNN all have religious programs in the works. Like Nazareth, Lifetime's The One also tackles Jesus' youth.
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- Michael Schneider
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