Roland Emmerich Developing 'Lawrence of Arabia' Mini-Series for Fremantle

Roland Emmerich Headshot German Television - H 2011
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Roland Emmerich Headshot German Television - H 2011

The six-hour event drama will be based on the story of T.E. Lawrence, who tried to unite the Arab world.

LONDON – Roland Emmerich (White House Down) will produce a six-hour event mini-series based on the legendary story of Lawrence of Arabia that FremantleMedia International is developing.

The company announced the project on Tuesday. Emmerich will produce along with Marc Frydman (Straw Dogs) and Rod Lurie (ABC’s Commander in Chief).

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Written by award-winning screenwriter Clive Bradley (Channel 4’s City of Vice and the BBC’s Waking the Dead) and Lurie, the production will center on the heroic journey of British Army officer T.E. Lawrence, who became famous as “Lawrence of Arabia” due to his unique role and relationship with Arab leaders during World War I.

FremantleMedia said Michael Korda, a well-known biographer whose works include Ike, Ulysses S. Grant and Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, will be the official historical consultant on the project.

FremantleMedia International CEO David Ellender said: "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."

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The story was recreated in the 1962 film of the same name, which starred Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif and is widely considered a classic.

FremantleMedia has been working on several event dramas and history-centric projects. It most recently partnered with writer Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge) and Pukeko Pictures to develop The Maid, based on the story of Joan of Arc, and with Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai) to develop a drama series inspired by the popular non-fiction book Hitlerland by Andrew Nagorski.

Working with Headline Pictures and Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, FremantleMedia is also developing The Drivers, a series based on the 24-hour motor race in Le Mans during the 1950s and 1960s, which is being written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth).