The historical series is based on the life of William Wallace, the hero of Scotland’s 13th century battles against English rule, the character Mel Gibson played in his Oscar-winning film Braveheart. Wallace hopes to follow in the path of other historical series including Spartacus and Camelot on Starz or Game Of Thrones on HBO. The international coproduction will be introduced at MIPTV in Cannes, April 1-4.
STV has today announced that production company STV Productions, in association with Digital Rights Group (DRG), LA based Nine/8 Entertainment and Creative Media is developing a historical drama series based on Scotland’s most famous story – that of legendary Scot, William Wallace. The series, entitled Wallace, will be an international co-production and promises to be a thrilling and dramatic biopic, charting the life of one of history’s most iconic characters.
Stylistically in the vein of Spartacus and Game of Thrones, the drama series will depict Wallace’s back story, the years attempting to unify Scotland, his loves and losses, his legendary battles with King Edward The Longshank and his relationship with rival, Robert the Bruce.
DRG is handling worldwide distribution and will be launching the title at MIP in April.
Creative Scotland will also invest in the project via the Development Fund agreed with STV in 2011.
Todd Berger of Creative Media will Executive Produce along with Andrew Trapani and Brian Gilbert of Nine/8 Entertainment. Mick Davis, a Scottish American writer (The Eleventh Hour), is writing and Executive Producing. The original idea is from Kent Dalian and Seoras Wallace, who was an advisor on Oscar winning film, Braveheart. Alan Clements and Margaret Enefer will Executive Produce for STV Productions.
Alan Clements, Director of Content at STV, said: “This was a turbulent time in Scotland’s history, in which William Wallace had a starring and pivotal role. We plan to delve deep into his character and explore his passions, bringing parts of history to life in a spectacular and raw depiction. With all eyes on Scotland in the current political climate, this also seems to be a very appropriate time to tell this story in more depth.”
Jeremy Fox, President of DRG, said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of this epic event which has worldwide appeal.”
Todd Berger, President of Creative Media, said: “We all love the film Braveheart but there is much about Wallace that couldn’t be depicted due to time constraints and we look forward to exploring these areas.”
Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development, Creative Scotland, said: “This is an excellent outcome for our investment in STV. A strong story, with good international distribution in place, it’s a great opportunity to showcase Scotland’s production talent in a series format.”
Creative Media and Nine/8 are represented by attorney Allison Binder. Mick Davis is repped by APA and attorney Don Steele. Wallace and Dalian are repped by attorney Les Abel.