Netflix Close to Ordering British Royal Drama from ‘Frost/Nixon’ Scribe Peter Morgan

/ May 22, 2014


The next original series to be picked up by Netflix could be “The Crown,” a historical drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II from Academy Award nominees Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry.

According to multiple media reports, Netflix is close to a deal to acquire the project, which is based on Morgan’s critically-acclaimed stage play “The Audience.” The play follows the life of the Queen, from her ascension in 1952 to present day, centering on weekly audiences she would give to British prime ministers. The plan is to have multiple actresses portray The Queen, according to The Daily Mail, which first reported on the negotiations.

If the deal goes through, it would also be Netflix’s biggest one to date. The price for “The Crown” is reportedly $170 million, far north of the $100 million Netflix paid for the first two seasons of “House of Cards.” (Some of the price increase can be attributed to the fact that Netflix will be available in more territories when “The Crown” is ready than it was when “House of Cards” first premiered.)

“The Crown” would also be Netflix’s second original historical drama*: “Marco Polo,” produced by The Weinstein Company and Electus, is scheduled to premiere in the fall (rumored price-tag for this show: $90 million).

“The Crown” is set-up through Sony Pictures Television, which is behind another Netflix original, a still-untitled drama from “Damages” creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman. Sony has a long-standing relationship with Netflix, having inked various domestic and international licensing pacts for shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Justified.”

Executive producers for the drama include Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”), Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”), Andy Harries of Left Bank Pictures, Robert Fox, and Matthew Byam Shaw. Morgan will pen the show, with Daldry directing the first few episodes.

Morgan and Daldry are both repped by CAA.

* Netflix also has “Narcos,” a drama about the life of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, in the works. So based on how you define “historical drama,” “The Crown” could be the streaming service’s third.

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Lesbian Vampires & Kotex: How ‘Carmilla’ Became...


MTV Labs Taps Rapper A$AP Rocky as Creative Director


FCC Cancels Vote on ‘Unlock the Box’ OTT Proposal


Collab Signs Horror Channel BlackBoxTV to Network, Partners on...

Industry Tickets Selling Fast!
Click above to lock in your registration for VidCon 2015!
PewDiePie 3-2-15

PewDiePie Expands Revelmode Gaming Slate with DoubleMoose Deal


Storyful Launches Viral Video Marketplace


Pioneering Hip Hop Exec Lyor Cohen Joins YouTube as Global Head...


Legendary Digital Reveals Alpha Subscription Service Launch...


Time Inc. Teams with Digital Comedy Producers Jash for Branded Content

Amazon Logo

Amazon Greenlights Three Comedy Pilots as Series


How the Cartoon Network Combined the Best of VOD and Linear TV...


Jukin Media Goes Viral for Brands with Ethos Division Launch

Streamy Awards

Streamy Awards Trade In VH1 for YouTube, Again


Matching Ads to Videos Not So Simple, According to Zefr’s...


Plug Pulled on Canadian SVOD Service Shomi


What’s Trending on the Twitter Sale

Machinima Logo

Machinima Teams with SiriusXM for Daily Esports Radio Show


AwesomenessTV, Vice, Complex to Power New HearstLive...


VIDEO: ‘Dirty 30’ Confessions with Stars Hart,...


Facebook Says It’s Sorry It Vastly Overestimated Video...


Pilgrim Media Group CEO Craig Piligian (‘The...


Heroes or Rats?: YouTube Unveils New Program for Creators Who...

Vessel says it's doing well in its first month

Why Verizon is Pursuing Vessel, the...


How Canvs Media is Harvesting Emotional Insights on YouTube,...


Marlon Wayans Getting ‘Naked’ for Netflix with Regina Hall


HuffPost RYOT Launching Virtual Reality Comedy Series and News...


YouTube Launches #voteIRL Campaign Targeting Digital-First Generation


How Top YouTubers (incl. Tyler Oakley & Meghan Rienks)...


Charlie Sheen to Star in Crackle Feature ‘Mad Families’


Gunpowder & Sky Buys Distributor FilmBuff As Vision for...


Toy Freaks Top Viewed YouTube Channel in August According to...


Emmy Wrap-Up 2016: Jeffrey Tambor (‘Transparent’)...


Twitter Scores 2.1 Million Viewers for Thursday Night Footall Kickoff


Vloggers Not Unique Snowflakes: 90 Million Flag YouTube Videos...

Mode Media

‘Billion Dollar Startup’ Mode Media Shuts Down


Who Is Winning The Marketing Revolution And Why?


Netflix Orders ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series...


What Is ‘Swedish Dicks’ and Who Is Selling It?


How GMC is Using the AOL Series ‘Seamlessly She’...


Liberty Global to Put Netflix on Set-Top Boxes in 30 Countries