Spike Developing Script Around Crusades Event Series

Network Adds 'The Crusaders' to List of Genre Projects

Spike TV is continuing its crusade for more event series.

The male-targeted Viacom Media Networks service is teaming with Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award-winning writer David Franzoni to develop a script for an event series based on the Crusades.

Taking place during the Third Crusade, after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin's armies, The Crusaders centers on two very different knights who journey from Scotland to the Holy Land for very different reasons.  There, bound together in the crucible that is war, politics and betrayal, they will encounter and be forced to overcome, among others, Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, the Hashshashin and ultimately their own personal demons.

Sharon Levy, executive vice president of original series, Spike TV and Justin Lacob, vice president of original series, will oversee the project, which will be executive-produced by Brosnan and Beau St. Clair from Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet (Bag of Bones), Brian Gary (Jefferson Davis: An American President), and Craig Sheftell from Sennet Entertainment.  Michael Finch (Predators) and David Franzoni will executive produce and write The Crusaders. Franzoni won an Oscar for Gladiator, which scored the best picture win in 2000.

The Crusaders' news follows last week's annnouncement that Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Tut, Spike's first scripted event series in seven years that is scheduled to premiere in 2015. The network recently announced script options for The Chairman, based on the Stephen Frey best-seller War at the Shore based on Richard Bronson’s book, and Basket Case by author and journalist Carl Hiaasen.