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"The Last Templar" - the miniseries

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#1 Melisende


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Posted 09 March 2008 - 02:34 AM

I've actually read the Raymond Khoury book of the same name - now, apparently NBC are going to turn it into a miniseries.

From the CNW Group:

"Canwest Broadcasting announced today that Global's new Canadian miniseries "The Last Templar" from Muse Entertainment Enterprises has been picked-up by U.S. network NBC and will be simulcast with Global this December. The romantic adventure stars Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite") and Canadian Victor Garber ("Alias").

The four-hour-long exotic miniseries, based on Raymond Khoury's best-selling novel, is being revised for the screen by multiple award-winning Canadian writer and producer Suzette Couture ("Million Dollar Babies", "Road to Avonlea") - her first production for Canwest. Shooting will begin on location in Montreal and Morocco next month."

Okay - the first thing that struck me was the term "romantic adventure" - have these guys actually read the book - it's no more a romantic adventure that Clive Cussler's "Raise the Titanic" (okay there was a bit a sexual tension in that) but still .....

More from the article:

"In "The Last Templar", Mira Sorvino stars as Tess Chaykin, a Manhattan archaeologist who is drawn into a fast-paced mystery concerning the lost secrets of the medieval Templar Knights. Victor Garber co-stars as the Monsignor De Angelis.

"The Last Templar" opens with the fall of the Latin Kingdom's reign in the Holy Land in Acre in 1291. As the burning city falls to the Sultan's forces, a lone galley escapes out to sea, carrying a young Templar knight, Martin of Carmaux, his mentor Aimard of Villiers, and a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Order's dying Grand Master. But the ship never reaches its destination.

Later, in present-day New York, Chaykin (Sorvino) witnesses four masked horsemen, dressed as Templar Knights, who storm into the Metropolitan Museum, scattering Manhattan society gathered for the gala opening night of an exhibition of Vatican treasures. She watches in silent terror as the leader of the horsemen hones in on one piece in particular - a strange-geared device that he grabs as he disappears into Central Park.

As the horsemen's dead bodies start turning up - and the importance of the stolen device becomes more apparent - Tess and FBI Agent Sean Reilly are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights, and of the last surviving Templars' fateful journey from Acre. The pair is propelled into a treacherous adventure that takes them through the sewers of Manhattan, across continents to desolate Turkish highlands to a violent storm on the Mediterranean that shipwrecks them onto a remote Greek island - and into the very heart of an incredible Vatican secret. "

Romantic adventure no ..... adventure, yes ....

What do others think?

Edited by Melisende, 09 March 2008 - 02:35 AM.

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#2 Kevin the Barbarous

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:38 AM

Very cool! I've got the book and I rather enjoyed the read. This might be interesting.