Netflix Sets Its First UK-Produced Series ‘The Crown’ for 2016
Netflix will be producing its very first original series from the United Kingdom. The streaming site is set to bring “The Crown” to its platform in 2016. Read on for more about this news story.
Back in November, Netflix announced through Variety and other entertainment sites that it has made a 10-episode straight to series order for “The Crown,” a historical drama that follows the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The show is based on “The Audience,” a play that ran on West End in 2013 and will also be playing on Broadway in 2016. It depicts the relationship of the Queen with many of Britain’s Prime Ministers over the years.
Potentially, “The Crown” will tackle at least one decade per season, which means that the show is set for a long run on Netflix. The idea is to have the show open with a 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth who first sits on the British monarchy’s throne with a “war-hardened” Winston Churchill as the Prime Minister. Political intrigue, rivalry and personal drama will also add light and shade to the structure of the series.
Casting for the role of Queen Elizabeth II is awaiting announcement, but the series still have some time to prepare and set up since Netflix has charted this for streaming by 2016. The streaming site is also prepared to give production a budget of £100 million, according to Deadline.
“The Crown” is going to be written and produced by Peter Morgan, who also did the stage play, while Stephen Daldry has been tasked to direct the show. Sony is backing up the production through its Left Bank Pictures, with Andy Harries also coming aboard as producer. Morgan and Harries have previously worked together in the Academy award-winning film “The Queen.”
“The Crown is storytelling that lives somewhere between television and cinema from Britain’s foremost chroniclers of modern politics, class and society,” said Netflix’s executive Cindy Holland in a press release published on the streaming site.
“We are enormously proud to be the exclusive home of a series from Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry that promises to fascinate and entertain audiences around the world,” added Holland.
Watch out for more updates about “The Crown” here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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