T.E. Lawrence may be well-known to one generation of moviegoers, but it looks like the legendary Lawrence of Arabia is due to make the jump to the 21st century. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Independence Day and White House Down director has been tasked with bringing the heroic tale of T. E Lawrence to the television.
The currently untitled project will see Emmerich teaming up with FremantleMedia to deliver a six-hour miniseries based on the life and times of Lawrence of Arabia. The script for the project will be developed by award-winning screenwriters Clive Bradley (BBC's Waking the Dead) and Rod Lurie (ABC's Commander in Chief) and will draw much of its inspiration from Michael Korda's biography, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.
T.E. Lawrence was certainly a uniquely talent man. During World War I, he coordinated all the various disparate Arab tribes into one effective and legendary fighting force. Through his strategic brilliance and cunning he helped orchestrate the Arab Revolt which fundamentally changed the make-up of the region.
Freemantle CEO David Ellender certainly feels there is still a relevance today. He stated:
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.
Lawrence of Arabia has already been immortalized in the classic 1962 film of the same name, which starred Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness and Omar Sharif. It will certainly be interesting to see how the story is adjusted for a contemporary television audience, the likes of which are used to more action-packed historical dramas.
Is Roland Emmerich the right man to tell the amazing tale of Lawrence of Arabia, or should it be left alone?