Discovery Channel today announced plans for a new miniseries. The channel greenlighted development of a scripted project with the working title "Untitled William Wallace and Robert The Bruce Project."
The production is based on historical books by Nigel Tranter.
"This miniseries brings to life Scottish patriots William Wallace and Robert Bruce and the Scottish unrest and turbulent times in 1296 after King Edward I of England invaded Scotland and imposed English rule," the channel said in its announcement. "Edward I’s reign over Scotland was never peaceable and Scottish discontent was widespread. In 1297, the country erupted in an open revolt as national resistance developed into a war of independence during which William Wallace and Robert Bruce played leading roles."
Since his death in 1305, Wallace has emerged as a prominent figure in literature, and was the title character of the 1995 Oscar-winning movie "Braveheart."
"Wallace spearheaded Scotland’s offensive against the English and his martyrdom paved the way for eventual success," Discovery noted. "Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s ‘hero-king,’ was descended from Scots, Gaelic and English nobility. His grandfather, Robert Bruce ‘The Competitor,’ was one of the claimants to the Scottish throne and Robert the Bruce fought tirelessly for Scotland’s independence from England through the reigns of Edward I and Edward II."
The new project is a co-production of Discovery and Scott Free Productions, with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker serving as executive producers for Scott Free Productions.