A+E Networks has closed deals on more than a dozen territories for Knightfall, a new drama series focused on the mysterious Medieval military order the Knights Templar.
The series, which Jeremy Renner is executive producing, has presold to Australia (SBSTwo), China (iQiyi/BesTV), Israel (YES), Iceland (Sirkus) and Southeast Asia (IFlix) ahead of international TV market MIPTV in Cannes next week. In other deals, HBO and Cinemax took the first 10-episode season of Knightfall for Central Europe, Poland, Spain and Andorra, and FilmBox Premium snatched up rights in Central and Eastern Europe. History, which developed the original series, will air Knightfall in North America, Latin America and on its channels in Southeast Asia.
A+E Studios produced Knightfall in association with The Combine and Midnight Radio. Showrunner Dominic Minghella and co-creators Don Handfield and Richard Rayner are executive producing alongside Renner.
A+E Networks is presenting Knightfall to international buyers at MIPTV and is flying in Minghella, Renner and series castmembers Tom Cullen, Simon Merrells, Olivia Ross and Sabrina Bartlett.
Downton Abbey alum Cullen stars as Landry, a veteran warrior of the Crusades who becomes the leader of the Templars and serves as the driving force behind their quest to retrieve Christianity's most prized relic: The Holy Grail. Merrells (Spartacus) plays Templar knight Tancrede; Ross (War and Peace) stars as Queen Joan of Navarre, the Queen of France; and Bartlett (DaVinci's Demons) as her daughter, Princess Isabella. Also in the cast are Jim Carter, Bobby Schofield, Julian Ovenden, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina and Padraic Delaney.
Knightfall is the latest A+E drama series following the success of Roots and SIX.
MIPTV runs April 3-6 in Cannes.