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Will William Wallace scream for freedom from televisions worldwide?

03.13.2012

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BRAVEHEART is an awesome movie. As much as it may be historical fiction with an emphasis on fiction, that still makes it no less of an engaging, gripping, and very affective film. Which means I'm at the very least extremely curious about the historical drama entitled "Wallace" that is being developed by Mick Davis ("Eleventh Hour"), who will not only write and direct but also be the series' Executive Producer.  The new show "will focus on Wallace's back story, his years spent attempting to unify Scotland, his loves and losses as well as his legendary battles with King Edward the Longshank and rival Robert the Bruce. The original idea hails from Kent Dalian and Seoras Wallace, an adviser on Braveheart."

The project is being pitched as being in the style of "Spartacus" and "Game of Thrones," to which I think they merely mean a more mature telling as there are a great many ways in which the two shows just mentioned could not be more different. Such a treatment of the story would be very fine by me, as it was a brutal era indeed for all involved.

And speaking of which: "'This was a turbulent time in Scotland’s history, in which William Wallace had a starring and pivotal role,' STV (a television production company based in Glasgow) director of content Clements said in a recent news announcement.  '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.'"

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Extra Tidbit: While wholly original ideas are always nice, what's one film that you think you could really benefit from a world expansion via television?

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