LONDON – Roland Emmerich (White House Down) is to produce a six-hour event mini-series based on the legendary story of Lawrence of Arabia.
The show is being developed by FremantleMedia International and Emmerich will produce along with Marc Frydman (Straw Dogs) and Rod Lurie (ABC’s Commander In Chief).
Written by award-winning screenwriter Clive Bradley (Channel 4’s City of Vice and the BBC’s Waking The Dead) and Lurie, the production will center on the heroic journey of the British Army officer T.E. Lawrence who became famous as “Lawrence of Arabia” owing to his unique role with Arab leaders during World War One.
FremantleMedia International said Michael Korda, the eminent biographer whose works include Ike, Ulysses S. Grant, and Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, will be the official historical consultant on the project.
FremantleMedia International CEO David Ellender said: "The Middle East and Arab Spring as we know them today are linked to Lawrence’s actions, which make this epic incredibly topical. I am delighted that we are working with partners of such high caliber to bring this project to the screen."
The story was recreated in the 1962 film of the same name, widely considered as one of the most influential movies in the history of cinema.
FremantleMedia International’s most recently partnered with scribe Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge) and Pukeko Pictures to develop The Maid, a story based on Joan of Arc, and with Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai) to develop a drama series inspired by the popular non-fiction book Hitlerland by Andrew Nagorski.
Working with Headline Pictures and Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, FremantleMedia International is also developing The Drivers, a series based on the 24-hour motor race in Le Mans during the 1950s/1960s, which is being written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth).