Spike TV, known for reality shows like Cops and Ink Master, is stepping out of the reality bubble and into history with The Crusaders, its upcoming series about the Crusades in the 12th century.
The network is partnering with Irish DreamTime, Pierce Brosnan’s production company, for the project and already has David Franzoni—who won an Oscar for 2000’s Gladiator—on board to direct. Brosnan, Beau St. Clair of Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet, Brian Gary, and Craig Sheftell are set to executive produce. Michael Finch of Predators and Franzoni will take on writing duties and also executive produce.
The Crusaders, which Spike TV dubs an “event-series,” will focus on two knights journeying to the Holy Land during the Third Crusade and the struggles they encounter once they arrive. This isn’t the only scripted series Spike TV has ordered recently: The network also has plans to air Tut in 2015 and is developing two separate series based on Stephen Grey’s The War at the Shore and Carl Hiaasen’s Basket Case.