The History Channel is planning on creating a brand new four-hour miniseries about the legendary Knights Templar. The series itself will come from the executive producers behind the successful “Bonnie & Clyde” miniseries and will detail the origins of the mystical Christian based Knights Templar.
The Knights Templar began after the Crusades when the knights made a vow to the Patriarch of Jerusalem to defend the kingdom. Their vow was accepted and the Knights Templar was born. Over time, their ranks grew and soon they received protection from the Catholic Church from both taxation and other jurisdiction. This lasted until Philip IV ran afoul with the Knights Templar and put them all on trial, found them guilty, and had them burned at the stake.
Over time, the group achieved an almost legendary status and they have appeared in a number of movies over the years. Here is a look at the movies featuring the Knights Templar over the years.
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
In the third movie in the Indiana Jones franchise, Indy teams up with his dad as they set out in search of the Holy Grail. The two are originally reunited when Henry Jones Sr. finds himself kidnapped by the Nazis, as both groups were looking for the religious artifact. They soon find a secret society that is bound to protect the Holy Grail as well as the tomb of a knight from the First Crusade. The end of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” finds Indy face-to-face with a 700 year old member of the Knights Templar, kept alive to protect the Holy Grail.
“The Minion” is a movie that is nowhere near as iconic as the Indiana Jones film and is a little more supernatural when it comes to the portrayal of the Knights Templar. Dolph Lundgren stars in the movie as a New York City engineer who uncovers a hidden Knights Templar burial chamber beneath the city. He is attacked here by a demon known as The Minion, who is trying to recover a key to a chamber that will unleash the Antichrist and start Armageddon. It is here that he meets a Templar and finds himself in the battle to stop the end of the world.
Unlike the previous two movies, “National Treasure” plays to the Knights Templar in a straight manner. Much like Indy, the lead character, Franklin Gates (Nic Cage), is a treasure hunter. In this movie, he is searching for the clues given up him by his grandfather to find the mythical “National Treasure.” In the movie, it turned out that the treasure was hidden by the Freemasons, which was an offshoot of the Knights Templar after they went into hiding to avoid their destruction.