HERESY

© 2019 HERESY – MARK MELVILLE

Thirteen Century Europe, the Vatican’s power is unquestioned. Anyone opposed was deemed either a heretic or an enemy of the church. The Holy Roman Empire guided by Emperor Fredrick II and his sons Manfred and Frederick are in open revolt against the Vatican thus propelling the continent into its darkest period.

Matteo Gatti is a mercurial figure that uses charm and fear to manipulate the Vatican and the Holy Roman Empire into conflict. His hope: be the last man standing when the fires of war are extinguished.

However, that darkness that overwhelms the world is pierced by Joan de Sainte Baume, a young woman who is the barer of light. She is a strong, magnetic and a spiritual figure capable of rallying the people, both common and noble to her side. She is protected by a faction of Templars willing to die for what they believe is the true guardian to the Gates of Heaven.

As Joan’s notoriety and influence expands, the Vatican, The Empire and Matteo Gatti will attempt to use her as a pawn to further their respective ambitions. Thrust into the center of conflict by these greedy men, they will discover that Joan is above temptation and will become the ultimate threat against the Kingdoms of Men.

The series is constructed with historically referenced material but mixed with a measured dose of fictionalised characters and story-lines.

The series is constructed with 8 episode per season, spanning 3 + seasons. It takes us from the assassination of Emperor Fredrick the II, to the defeat of his family at the hands of the French King and ally of the Vatican.

Through the arc of the story, Joan de Sainte Baume and Matteo Gatti are the flash-points and catalysts on which our world is built.

Heresy: A religious opinion contrary to church dogma. Punishment: Death.
  • FORMAT 8 x 48' Episodes per Season
  • STATUS: IN DEVELOPMENT
  • DELIVERY Q2 2021
  • SHOW RUNNER BUTCH KAPLAN
  • CREATOR MARK MELVILLE