The Last Templar (miniseries)
The Last Templar is a four-hour Canadian miniseries, based on the 2005 novel The Last Templar, which aired in the U.S. on January 25 and 26, 2009, starring Mira Sorvino, Scott Foley, Victor Garber, Anthony Lemke, Kenneth Welsh, Danny Blanco Hall and Omar Sharif. The miniseries is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises. Emmy Award-winning Robert Halmi Sr. (who produced the Gulliver's Travels miniseries), along with Robert Halmi Jr. (The Poseidon Adventure), and Michael Prupas are the executive producers.
At the New York Metropolitan Museum, four horsemen dressed as 12th-century knights storm the gala opening of an exhibition of Vatican treasures and steal an arcane medieval decoder. Archaeologist Tess Chaykin (Mira Sorvino) and FBI agent Sean Reilly (Scott Foley) engage in a chase across three continents in search of the enemy and the lost secret of the Knights Templar.
Criticism of the miniseries in Turkey
The TV miniseries The Last Templar was criticized in Turkey by the media for misrepresenting the geography of Turkey as that of an Arabian country. In the movie, the events that take place in supposed Turkey are set in "Bodrum", which is a green region with beautiful beaches and landscape. However, the movie shows the Turkish city as an empty desert. This was criticized in Turkey for further reinforcing the misconception in the minds of average Americans that Turkey is an arid, empty country with no developments and covered with deserts similar to those found in other countries.
Criticism of the miniseries in Israel
If the Turks were angry at the artistic license taken by Bodrum's transportation to the Sinai desert, the Israelis went ballistic when Jerusalem was transported 40 miles to the West and 2,474 feet down hill so that the Templar knights could escape the Muslim hordes by sea. Moving Jerusalem to just North of Ashdod was seen in Israel as a political statement by the Canadian producers that Israel should move its capital to Tel Aviv. Cracks in the Wailing Wall from the move were clearly visible to even the casual watcher of the TV miniseries.