Spike TV is teaming up with Pierce Brosnan's Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award-winning writer David Franzoni to develop a script for an event series based on the one of the seminal events in world history, The Crusades.
Spike TV's event-series, The Crusaders will be Executive Produced by Brosnan and Beau St. Clair from Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet (Bag of Bones), Brian Gary (Jefferson Davis: An American President), and Craig Shefftel from Sennet Entertainment. Michael Finch (Predators) and David Franzoni will Executive Produce and write "The Crusaders." Franzoni won an Oscar in 2000 for Gladiator (Best Picture).
The event-series 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. There, bound together in the crucible that is war, politics and betrayal, they will encounter and be forced to overcome, among others, Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, the Hashshashin and ultimately their own personal demons.
Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, will oversee the project.
Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in seven years, Tut, in 2015. The network recently announced script options for The Chairman, based on the Stephen Frey best-seller "War at the Shore" based on Richard D. "Skip" Bronson's book, and |Basket Case by prominent author and journalist Carl Hiaasen.