Wednesday, January 6, 2016

History Gives Series Orders to Dramas 'Knightfall' and 'Six'

History has given series orders to two new original scripted dramas: 10 episodes of Knightfall created by Don Handfield & Richard Rayner and 8 episodes of Six created by William Broyles & David Broyles. The pickups were announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and History.

Knightfall chronicles the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades. The Knights Templar's heroic exploits in the Crusades have fascinated for centuries. The drama reveals the great secrets protected by the Templars and tells the story of faith, loyalty and brotherhood that help sustain these warriors on the battlefield, and the dark events that would forever sear the infamous date of Friday the 13th into the world's psyche.

Don Handfield and Richard Rayner created the drama. They will executive produce with Jeremy Renner, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg. Arturo Interian and Russ McCarroll are executives in charge of production for History. Oscar nominee Renner is poised to serve as a guest star on the first season.

The drama is slated to premiere in late 2016. It's being produced by A+E Studios in association with The Combine and Midnight Radio.

"We are thrilled to partner with Jeremy Renner, The Combine, Midnight Radio and A+E Studios to tell the intriguing story of the Knights Templar, which has been shrouded in mystery until now," said Buccieri. "Premium scripted content continues to be a growing part of the History portfolio, with an eye towards quality historical fact-based storytelling, and Knightfall is the perfect fit for our brand."

Six follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors - Navy SEAL Team Six - whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. The drama is inspired by real missions, capturing SEAL's complex personal lives and the life-and-death decisions they make, with each season set in a different location, starting with Africa.

William Broyles and David Broyles created the drama. They will executive produce with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Bruce C. McKenna, Alfredo Barrios Jr., George W. Perkins and Karen Campbell. Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall will serve as technical adviser. A+E Studios will produce the drama in association with The Weinstein Company.

"We are thrilled to partner with William and David Broyles, Harvey Weinstein and the entire team, including our own A+E Studios, to bring this epic tale to History," said Buccieri. "The backdrop surrounding this elite team of American soldiers - from their lives at home to the astonishing bravery they display serving our country - provides an amazing canvas for stories that deserve to be told."