Netflix Almost Made ‘A Knight’s Tale’ Sequel Without Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger in ‘A Knight’s Tale’. cover images

A Knight’s Tale Its sequel was almost made on Netflix, but it was not too late Heath Ledger – at least according to screenwriter Brian Helgeland.

“When we finish A Knight’s TaleWe were already thinking about making a sequel as a pirate movie,” Helgeland, 63, shared during an interview Interview with InversePublished Monday, April 22. “Sony didn’t want to do it.”

In the 2001 film, Ledger played William Thatcher, a farmer in 14th-century Europe who dreams of becoming a knight. When he poses as a knight to enter a tournament, Willam continues to win in various tournaments before his true identity is revealed. After being arrested, it is revealed that William is of noble birth and can finish the tournament victorious.

The sequel, according to Helgeland, was set to follow the character of Count Ademar (Rufus Sewell), William’s nemesis, when he kidnapped Jocelyn (Shannin Sossamon), William’s love interest.

“They end up becoming galley slaves after pirates take over their boat,” Helgeland said. “There is a prisoner on the boat who has a treasure map tattooed on his back, but he keeps getting whipped for indiscipline. People come forward voluntarily to be whipped in place of this prisoner, one by one, so that the map is not erased.

Screenwriter says Netflix could have made Knight's Tale sequel without Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger and Paul Bettany in ‘A Knight’s Tale’. cover images

As presented by William, the second idea would be that of William’s daughter. paul bettanyWho played the role of Geoffrey Chaucer in the film.

“People assumed that William had died during a battle. However, William has a teenage daughter who wants to go out, but she’s not allowed to because she’s a woman,” Helgeland said. “She locates the gang and they agree to teach her how to get out, but she has to hide who she is. They cut her hair short and she speaks in a deep voice.”


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After hearing second thoughts, Helgeland turned to Sony again. “It seemed like they were interested in making it with Netflix,” he recalled.

It is unclear whether Bettany’s sequel was made after Ledger’s passing. australian star died at the age of 28 Following an accidental drug overdose in January 2002, a toxicology report revealed “the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine”.

Screenwriter says Netflix could have made Knight's Tale sequel without Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger in ‘A Knight’s Tale’. cover images

whether there was a laser or not sure to join Either way, things still went wrong.

He said, “My understanding is that Netflix tested this sequel idea through their algorithms, which indicated that it would not be successful.” “The tale of a knight is becoming more popular with each passing year; This is the strangest thing.”