History, Jeremy Renner Developing Knights Templar Scripted Series

Continuing its move into more high-profile historical projects, History announced Monday that is developing “Knightfall,” a scripted series about the events surrounding the Friday the 13, 1307, Knights Templar burning at the stake.

Dirk Hoogstra, exec VP and g.m. of History and H2, made the announcement.

The series will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Midnight Radio and the Combine, Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s production company.

The series will be created and exec produced by Handfield, Renner and Richard Rayner of the Combine, and Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg representing Midnight Radio. Hoogstra, Russ McCarroll and Julian P. Hobbs will serve as executives in charge of production for History.

History struck gold with scripted series in 2012 when it released “Hatfields & McCoys,” which garnered huge ratings and 16 Emmy nominations — including wins for lead actor in a miniseries Kevin Costner and supporting actor in a miniseries Tom Berenger. The channel will soon air “Texas Rising,” an eight-part miniseries about the rise of the Texas Rangers.

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