‘Braveheart': The TV Show

BraveheartWilliam Wallace only needed one thing: freedom. But clearly he’s also on board with a TV deal, as a Braveheart television series is in the works.

In 1996, Braveheart beat out astronauts, pigs, Jane Austen and Pablo Neruda as the Academy’s Best Picture. Since then, the movie has lasted as a modern classic. And now, in this era where television’s clout is on the rise, Braveheart will get a scripted drama series, centering on the life and backstory of hero William Wallace (played in the film by Mel Gibson).

The project is being created by Mick Davis (writer/producer on the American incarnation of the sci-fi series Eleventh Hour). Davis intends to take a closer look at Wallace, delving into his personal history in the years leading up to his iconic battle for Scotland’s independence.
It does seem as though the series looks to offer something new, but it’s hard to say whether or not Wallace is a character audiences really want to see examined. While Braveheart has maintained popularity over the past 17 years, there haven’t been a lot of questions posed about the hero or his journey. But TV adaption has worked for another classic in the genre, so who’s to say?

Source: THR

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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