Roland Emmerich Developing ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Miniseries

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When you hear that Roland Emmerich is circling a project, you probably think of epic disaster films like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. But now Emmerich is looking to take on one of the most epic real life stories of all time in the form of a miniseries about T.E. Lawrence, A.K.A. Lawrence of Arabia.

The project is set to be co-produced by FreemantleMedia and based on a script that was co-written by Rod Lurie, but questions about where and when the miniseries will air, which actor will be brave enough to take on the iconic lead role, and how this fits into Emmerich’s busy schedule remain. Afterall, he’s still working on Independence Day 2 and 3, isn’t he?

One thing that Freemantle seems sure of is that the time is right for another look at Lawrence’s story:

”T.E. Lawrence was undoubtedly one of the greatest military and political strategists of our time and a stunningly intrepid Englishman who tried to unite the Arab world. The heritage of this story is fascinating – beyond the historical element, it’s a personal tale of emotional turmoil, identity crisis, conflicting loyalties and individual brilliance.

“The Middle East and Arab Spring as we know them today are linked to Lawrence’s actions, which make this epic incredibly topical. I am delighted that we are working with partners of such high-caliber to bring this project to the screen.”

Though this project will center on the life of T.E. Lawrence, there’s another project on the horizon that could take away some of Emmerich’s thunder, assuming that Werner Herzog’s Gertrude Bell bio-pic Queen of the Desert ever begins production. That film is set to co-star Robert Pattinson (Twilight) as Lawrence.

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So can Emmerich’s project really manage to beat Edward the Vampire as Lawrence and the ghost of David Lean’s 1962 classic film?

No way, but it can make for an amazing bit of TV if presented correctly with a network that will be unafraid of the obvious challenges inherent in the project.

Keep an eye on Screen Rant for any updates on this project.


Source: ScreenCrush & Filmofilia

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  1. I never realized how much Peter O’Toole looks like Rob Lowe…

  2. No No No No No!!! Jesus Christ, this is ridiculous. Emmerich’s attempts at historical films were pathetic in the past! He’ll probably end up portraying T.E. Lawrence as a two dimensional hero and will probably add some mustache twirling villain to make even more simpleminded.

  3. Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence? LOL, Werner Herzog, what happened to you dude?! You used to star legends like Klaus Kinski in your movies

  4. Question is.

    Will the White House get blown us, hit by an aircraft carrier or attacked by terrorist?

  5. Lawrence of Arabia is one of my favorite movies. It is easily (and always will be) in my personal top 5. After seeing what Emmerich did to another of my top 5, Godzilla, I want him nowhere near this. I concur with Mr. Gordon – No, no, no, no, no, no!!!!

    I, however, am not against the idea of a TE Lawrence mini-series. Just not with Emmerich.

  6. “Robert Pattinson (Twilight) as Lawrence.” you’ve got to be kidding me

  7. Paul Bettany for the T.E. Lawrence part!

    • Bettany would be a good choice, but I counter with this:

      Whether you loved the movie or hated it, I think Promethues proves that Michael Fassbender would be perfect for Lawrence.

      And get Spielberg to produce. A Band of Brothers/The Pacific style Lawrence of Arabia would be phenomenal.

  8. NO!

  9. Please keep both of these guys aas far away from this project as possible. Seriously. Robert Downey however would make an AWESOME T.E. Lawrence.

  10. For those suggestions on who to play T.E. Lawrence, the suggestions are a little off. T.E. Lawrence was a young man in his twenties during the Arab Bureau. He certainly couldn’t be played by Robert Downey, 48, and Paul Bettany, 42, even though both are great actors. Michael Fassbender is a older also, but he still looks very young and he would do a great job IMO as we’ve seen in Prometheus. Robert Pattinson on the other hand is an absolute joke. You’d think that if Cronenberg gave that untalented joke a good script with believable dialogue he’d be able to nail a performance, but nope. He was as bland and wooden as he was in Twilight.

    • I agree with Will Fraser. A younger actor should play the role. I wish Freddie Highmore was a little older. He would be perfect.

  11. Lawrence was 28 in 1916 at the beginning of the Arab Revolt.

  12. How about Chandler Massey?