The story of William Wallace, made famous in 1995’s theatrical epic Braveheart is looking to make a small screen come back with Wallace.
Following the style of Starz's Spartacus and HBO's Game of Thrones, Wallace will depict the legendary Scotsman prior to the events of the original Mel Gibson blockbuster hit, as he spends years fighting to unify Scotland, while also focusing more on of the personal backstory of William Wallace outside of his epic battles with King Edward the Longshank and rival Robert the Bruce.
Glasgow-born writer Mick Davis (The Eleventh Hour) created the TV project based on the idea of Kent Dalian and Braveheart advisor Seoras Wallace. In a joint effort, the historical drama will be executive produced by Creative Media’s Todd Berger and Andrew Trapani, as well as STV Productions' Alan Clements and Margaret Enefer, plus Brian Gilbert of Nine/8 Entertainment, with Digital Rights Group handling worldwide distribution.
STV Prods director of content Alan Clements had this to say about the upcoming biopic:
This was a turbulent time in Scotland’s history, in which William Wallace had a starring and pivotal role.
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.
Development company Creative Scotland will also invest in Wallace, as per a previous agreement with STV, and the two will shop the project next month at MIP.
While a show dubbed Wallace may sound more like a series about an accountant than a 13th century hero-king, the project has great potential for success. Despite being highly criticized for its historical inaccuracies, Braveheart was a huge commercial hit, winning five out of the ten Oscars it was nominated for, including Best Picture. Although Gibson is not linked to the new series (which is probably a good thing right now) he helped turn William Wallace into a cinematic iconic, which, if executed right, will translate into TV show pretty well. Considering the current trend of brutal and bloody historical dramas like Spartacus, now is definitely a good time for Wallace to make its debut --even in the face of a seventeen year separation gab to Mel Gibson’s Braveheart.
More info on Wallace as it comes in.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter