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Knightfall - History Channel's upcoming tv drama about The Knights Templar

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The Knights Templar were the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, entrusted with protecting the Holy Grail and harboring secrets capable of destroying the Church itself. Knightfall goes deep into the inner sanctum of the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution on Friday the 13th–a date which became synonymous with bad luck–the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now. Knightfall takes you inside the world to find out who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing.

Knightfall  is the story of the Knights Templar, one of the most powerful entities in history. Guardians of the Holy Grail and the road to Jerusalem, and founders of the modern banking system, these knights are inspiration for Arthurian legends and modern-day blockbuster films and books. This epic series chronicles the actual events leading up to and following the persecution, downfall and eventual burning at the stake of the Knights Templar on a fateful Friday the 13th in 1307.

British writer-producer Dominic Minghella will serve as showrunner and executive producer. The production started with three days of filming during the last week of June in Dubrovnik on Croatia's southern Adriatic coast, with Douglas Mackinnon (Outlander) as main director. Metin Hüseyin (Outlander) and David Petrarca (Game of Thrones) will also direct a block each. Set mainly around the Walls of Dubrovnik's Fort Lovrijenac (St. Lawrence Fortress) and the bay of Pile, these scenes will depict The Siege of Acre.

Knightfall will shoot primarily in Prague, Czech Republic, with its base at the Barrandov Studios. Several exteriors imitating medieval Paris has been built in surrounding suburbs/villages including Průhonice, and Doksany. Streets in Old Town and Zvíkov Castle will also be utilized. Filming started on July 8th. This is the same studio that was used for the TV series Borgia, season 2 of Legends, Casino Royale, and The Bourne Identity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knightfall_(TV_series)

CREATED AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY
Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, The Hurt Locker), Donald Handfield (Touchback, The Founder) and Richard Rayner (L.A. Without a Map)

STARRING
Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), Padraic Delaney (The Tudors), Simon Merrells (Spartacus) and Olivia Ross (War & Peace)

PRODUCED BY
A+E Studios™ in association with The Combine and Midnight Ratio

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Season one of this Knights Templar drama consists of 10 one-hour episodes.

Joining the Knightfall  TV series cast are Bobby Schofield, Sabrina Bartlett, Julian Ovenden, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Padraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, and Olivia Ross. Tom Cullen was previously announced. Renner is expected to guest star.

Production for Knightfall began this summer in Dubrovnik, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) was previously announced to star as Landry, a former warrior and current leader of the Knights Templar. But now the cast is fully in place and ready to return to the 12th century. From the press release: [Starring] Bobby Schofield (Black Sea, Our World War) as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons, Poldark) as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip's daughter, her upcoming wedding stands to forge a powerful political alliance for France; Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Person of Interest, The Colony) as De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge, The Absent One) as Adelina, as a child she was rescued in the Holy Land by the Templar Knights, but now in her early 20s, she lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Padraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Tudors) as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells (Spartacus, Dominion ) as Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the Templar Knight cause and Olivia Ross (War and Peace, Blowing Louder than the Wind , Father of My Children) as Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France and Queen Regnant of Navarre, a devoted mother, warrior, and a formidable diplomat and strategist.

http://scripted.aencmg.com/knightfall.html

 

 

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Why has it always got to be about the fall and the Grail? Why can't we get some hardcore international banking action

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47 minutes ago, Talleyrand said:

Why has it always got to be about the fall and the Grail? Why can't we get some hardcore international banking action

Maybe we can convince someone to bring a Dan Abraham book to the screen.  :lol: 

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These knights are inspiration for Arthurian legends and modern-day blockbuster films and books. 

:lmao:Lol, @AncalagonTheBlack were did you copy that text XD If memory serves, the Templars were first founded in 1119 and there had been Arthurian legends around for centuries. Most stuff we associate with Arthur had its origin in the 12th century true, but writing that the knights were the inspiration for the Arthurian legends seems presumptious XD 

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1 hour ago, Veltigar said:

:lmao:Lol, @AncalagonTheBlack were did you copy that text XD If memory serves, the Templars were first founded in 1119 and there had been Arthurian legends around for centuries. Most stuff we associate with Arthur had its origin in the 12th century true, but writing that the knights were the inspiration for the Arthurian legends seems presumptious XD 

haha sorry man,did not read that,i just skimmed! :P I think i copy/pasted that from Deadline or Variety.I think.:P

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18 hours ago, Talleyrand said:

Why has it always got to be about the fall and the Grail? Why can't we get some hardcore international banking action

I'm with you. And you know it's all going to end in a bunch of Freemason bullshit.

At least it's not on Fox. Then they would've somehow turned it into a police procedural.

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26 minutes ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

haha sorry man,did not read that,i just skimmed! :P I think i copy/pasted that from Deadline or Variety.I think.:P

Ah, that's what we get from not supporting/demanding an educated press I suppose :P

1 minute ago, matt b said:

I'm with you. And you know it's all going to end in a bunch of Freemason bullshit.

Sadly, that is my fear as well. You could make a really interesting straight adaptation about the fall of the Templars, but then you'd have to write a thoughtful and intellectual series I think. This will probably go the way of Da Vinci's Demons or some other silly show in that vein :( 

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7 hours ago, Veltigar said:

Ah, that's what we get from not supporting/demanding an educated press I suppose :P

Sadly, that is my fear as well. You could make a really interesting straight adaptation about the fall of the Templars, but then you'd have to write a thoughtful and intellectual series I think. This will probably go the way of Da Vinci's Demons or some other silly show in that vein :( 

I'm afraid you're right on all counts.  Sigh.  Another Beowulf, likely, which sunk without leaving any traces seemingly.

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I'll tune in and give it a chance due to it being about the Templars, but also have tempered expectations after reading the synopsis and some of the character descriptions.

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This trailer did not provoke any interest at all, while instead of providing a sense of excitement, all it made me feel was -- isn't this over yet?

 

 

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First link blocked. Here's a repost.

ETA: Pope Carson I? :lol: 

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Yeah trailer didn't quite get me. I'll give it a chance though due to the subject matter.

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So it's Monty Python's quest for the Holy Grail, only without any funny bits?

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It has the air of the 'drama' bits from one of those awful drama-docs. Will definitely watch though. Like everyone else, I'm fascinated by the subject matter.

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17 hours ago, Spockydog said:

It has the air of the 'drama' bits from one of those awful drama-docs. Will definitely watch though. Like everyone else, I'm fascinated by the subject matter.

Same for me, I am interested only because of the subject, I know little to nothing about them, but if it sucks, adios!

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13 minutes ago, dbunting said:

Same for me, I am interested only because of the subject, I know little to nothing about them, but if it sucks, adios!

One has doubts that there will be much if anything included in such a show that will teach anyone anything about the historical Knights Templars.  This is tv with all the signs moreover of bad tv -- and not bad tv in a good way! 

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3 hours ago, Zorral said:

One has doubts that there will be much if anything included in such a show that will teach anyone anything about the historical Knights Templars.  This is tv with all the signs moreover of bad tv -- and not bad tv in a good way! 

Well, it's on History. If there was ever a misnomer for a television station this would be it.

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4 hours ago, Astromech said:

Well, it's on History. If there was ever a misnomer for a television station this would be it.

You said it all!

Vikings went to their heads!b  And look how that's turning out!

 

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Really stoked to finally see Simon Merrells in something else - he was awesome as Crassus and was actually my personal pick to play Euron on GoT.

Hopefully at very least we get a couple good seasons out of this before it goes to shit like Vikings did.

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