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London – Helmer-producer Roland Emmerich is to develop a miniseries based on the life of Lawrence of Arabia for FremantleMedia Intl.

Emmerich, best known for “Independence Day” and the upcoming  “White House Down,” is developing the series with Marc Frydman (“Straw Dogs,” “Murder in the First,” “Nil by Mouth”) and Rod Lurie (“The Contender,” “The Last Castle,” ABC’s “Commander In Chief”).

Lurie will pen the six-hour skein with Clive Bradley (Channel 4’s “City of Vice,” the BBC’s “Waking the Dead”).

Biographer Michael Korda, whose tomes include “Ike,” “Ulysses S. Grant” and “Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia,” will be the historical consultant on the project.

British Army officer T.E. Lawrence became known as “Lawrence of Arabia” owing to his efforts to unite Arab opposition to the Ottoman Empire during Wwi. David Lean’s 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia” won six Oscars.

FremantleMedia Intl. CEO David Ellender said, »


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