Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Jeremy Renner and Fringe writer and executive producer Jeff Pinkner are about to unleash the history of the fall of the Knights Templar in a new TV series titled Knightfall.
Knightfall will chronicle the events that led to, and followed the persecution, downfall and the burning at the stake of the Knights Templar, who were arrested on a Friday the 13th, in the Year of Our Lord 1307, under the French King Philip Le Bel (aka Philip the Fair, or the Iron King, whichever you prefer), who literally crushed the order because he was indebted to them. Yep, he was a bloody bastard. And this is just one of the reasons why, more than 700 years later, a Friday the 13th is considered unlucky to this day. The scripted series is currently in development over at History, with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine, and Midnight Radio, backing this up.
Knightfall is being created and executive-produced by Handfield (Touchback) and Richard Rayner (L.A. Without A Map) with Renner (The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation) also serving as executive producer on the project. Midnight Radio, which includes Jeff Pinkner (Alias, Lost, Fringe), Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol), Josh Appelbaum (Ghost Protocol) and Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls) will also serve as executive producers on the new series.
It’s way too early for casting news yet, of course, and we don’t know just how many episodes it’ll have, but maybe we can expect something along the line of History’s other historically inspired TV show, Vikings. Whether Knightfall will boast any supernatural elements — just as Vikings does this season — because of its link to Friday the 13th remains to be seen, but we doubt it. Still, is Knightfall a series you’d be eager to see?