With Vikings such a big hit for the History Channel, the network is looking to expand its original scripted series slate with a drama about another kind of warrior—knights.
EW can confirm that History is developing a new series called Knightfall, which will tell the story of the persecution and burning at the stake of the Knights of Templar on a Friday the 13th in 1307. The supposedly unlucky date has remained infamous for more than 700 years since, and the series will explore the events that led to the day gaining such prominence.
The focus on the actual history of the Templar Knights will likely also prevent the series from overlapping with another prominent franchise employing the knights, Assassin’s Creed. That video game series depicts the Knights throughout history as antagonists trying to rule the world by harnessing ancient powers and modern technology.
History will produce the show in conjunction with Jeremy Renner’s The Combine. Don Handfield and Richard Rayner will also executive produce, along with Midnight Radio’s Jeff Pinkner—a familiar name for Fringe fans where he also served as executive producer—Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum, and Scott Rosenberg. Julian P. Hobbs, Dick Hoogstra, and Russ McCarroll will produce for History.
The series is currently only in development and a full order has not been placed, but if Knightfall goes to series it would seem a smart companion to History’s flagship series Vikings.