Spike TV is partnering with Pierce Brosnan’s Irish Dreamtime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Oscar-winning writer David Franzoni to develop a script for an event series based on the Crusades. The Crusaders takes place during the Third Crusade, after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin’s armies, and centers on two very different knights who journey from Scotland to the Holy Land for very different reasons. This is the second Crusade-themed project to surface in recent months. In May, History announced it was teaming with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on a four-hour miniseries which tracks the origins of the mystic medieval Christian order known as Knights Templar. The mini tells the true story of three brothers, all knights, during the first Crusade, as they make the long journey through the Holy Lands to recapture Jerusalem, ultimately bringing rise to the Knights Templar.
The Crusaders will be exec produced by Brosnan and Beau 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 will executive Pproduce and pen The Crusaders. Franzoni won an Oscar in 2000 for Gladiator (Best Picture).
Sharon Levy, EVP, Original Series, Spike TV and Justin Lacob, VP, Original Series, will oversee the project.