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.
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.