Off Screen: 'Braveheart' Television Series In Development

Off Screen: 'Braveheart' Television Series In Development

Mar 13, 2012

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In Braveheart, Mel Gibson (before he went totally nutso) leads an army of renegade Scotsman against the British Empire in a monumental showdown — one of cinema's greatest battles ever caught on film. Generally, the movie had mass appeal as Gibson's star was still shining bright at the time and the film's depiction of Mel's men as the underdog beating a massive military force had universal draw. In other words, Braveheart didn't suffer at the box office despite being a violent, bloody tale. It's not surprising then to read news via THR that the Gibson-directed film is being eyed as the kinda sorta inspiration for a new television series. 
The Eleventh Hour's Mick Davis will create, write, and executive produce the project, which takes a closer look at the Scottish war hero Gibson played, William Wallace. The show will " … focus on Wallace's back story, his years spent attempting to unify Scotland, his loves and losses as well as his legendary battles with King Edward the Longshank and rival Robert the Bruce." Apparently the idea comes from Seoras Wallace — an adviser on Gibson's epic — and Kent Dalian.
STV Production's director of content Alan Clements also added: "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."
The series is being compared to Starz drama Spartacus and HBO's Game of Thrones. Does that mean there will be incest and lots of nudity, too? Hmmm ... The project will be shopped to broadcasters next month. Excited?

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