“Gladiator” scribe William Nicholson pens “1066”

“Gladiator” scribe William Nicholson is dusting off his sword and scabbard to write “1066.”

The film will tell the story of the epic, era-defining battle in 1066 between King Harold and William the Conqueror for the throne of England. Nicholson’s script will focus on the comradeship-turned-deadly rivalry between England’s King Harold and William.

Nicholson is writing the project for Shine Pictures, the joint venture set up last July between Shine Group’s Kudos Pictures and New Regency.

No decisions have been made on the two lead roles or the directors, although Shine Pictures execs are believed to be in discussions with a number of high-profile candidates.