Well, this is a surprise. Plenty of historical miniseries have been cleaning up on the small-screen these days, most notably with History's mammoth 'Hatfields & McCoys' success, and it seems 'Independence Day' director Roland Emmerich wants in on the action. Emmerich has begun development on a 'Lawrence of Arabia' miniseries, retelling the famous tale iconically brought to life by Peter O'Toole and director David Lean, but where will the new 'Lawrence of Arabia' set up shop?

Modern TV audiences might only have a passing familiarity with film classic 'Lawrence of Arabia,' but that may change thanks to 'Independence Day' helmer and disaster aficionado Roland Emmerich. A new press release confirms that Emmerich has begun development of his own miniseries adaptation of historical figure T.E. Lawrence, spearheaded by FremantleMedia International.

”T.E. Lawrence was undoubtedly one of the greatest military and political strategists of our time and a stunningly intrepid Englishman who tried to unite the Arab world,” said FremantleMedia CEO David Ellender. “The heritage of this story is fascinating – beyond the historical element, it’s a personal tale of emotional turmoil, identity crisis, conflicting loyalties and individual brilliance. 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."

'Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia' biographer Michael Korda will serve as historical consultant on the series, which features a script co-written by Rod Lurie. Thus far, no casting choices or official networks have yet been announced.

What do you think? Was it about time 'Lawrence of Arabia' got a more modern update? Is Roland Emmerich the man for the job?