History announced that it has a new scripted series in development that tracks the events surrounding the burning at the stake of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th of October, 1307.
Announcing the project, “Knightfall,” was Dirk Hoogstra, executive VP and general manager of History and H2.
The program will be produced for History by A+E Studios in association with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio.
The series will chronicle the persecution and downfall of the Knights Templar, which included the arrests of the Grand Master and about 60 Knights Templar on Oct. 13, 1307.
As a sidenote, the announcement also addresses the question of why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky even today, noting, “Friday the 13th is known as a cursed day over 700 years later because of this event.”
The Knights Templar story is one of a number of possible explanations that have been noted for the stigma attached to Friday the 13th.