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You Can Take Our Lives, But Only During Sweeps: "Braveheart" Television Series in the Works

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 13, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 13, 2012 |

It turns out the folks who own the rights to Braveheart are mighty irritable about television series like “Game of Thrones” and “Spartacus,” and all the ratings and attention that they’re getting for swords and sex. They’re relatively certain that they invented such things with Braveheart back in the nineties, and by William, they’re going to squeeze their own bit of blood out of this before violence and nudity become passe and cable drama becomes all about musical theater.

There isn’t much word about the series yet, other than the fact that it’s in some stage of early development that involves four different companies and almost a dozen executive producers, none of the names of which I’m going to cut and paste because I’ve never heard of any of them and Dustin doesn’t pay me by the word (he actually pays me by number of complaints, so feel free to light the comments on fire). What I’d like to see, which probably means it won’t happen, is Wallace’s time outside of Scotland. In the film, we see the boy leave and the man return. It’s the time in between that makes the hero. The events of the film itself are just the climax of a life, not the story of the life itself. The preliminary work is going to be done so that the notion of a pilot can be pitched around this summer.

But I do just have to quote this line from THR’s article on the subject: “The original idea hails from Kent Dalian and Seoras Wallace, an adviser on Braveheart.” I don’t think the phrase “original idea” means what you think it means, because “hey, we could make a television series based on this movie” is neither original nor an idea, it’s just page 17 of Hollywood’s manual on how to make money.

Say what you want about just about every aspect of the show, if it manages to get a full run, the final episode will be magnificent.

Why? Because (spoiler): he dies. But seriously, that’s not really a spoiler, and not just because the movie is almost 20 years old, but because everyone from 14th century Scotland has since died.

Except for the Highlander. Which would make for the greatest crossover television appearance ever.

(source: THR)

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