Starz adapts the White Queen for original programming
Michelle Clancy | 05-09-2012
Philippa Gregory's international and New York Times trilogy, the Cousins War, are the basis of the next addition to the growing lineup of Starz Original series.
Set against the backdrop of England's Wars of the Roses, the White Queen, a 10-episode series, will be an adaptation of Gregory's trio vivid historical novels, the White Queen, the Red Queen and the Kingmaker's Daughter.
"Phillipa Gregory's novels have become runaway bestsellers with passionate fans the world over, making this a project ripe for reimagining," said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of original programming for Starz. "The period of England's Wars of the Roses makes for a sensational historical backdrop as a time fraught with violence, mystery and intrigue. We are excited to be working with an incredibly talented team, both in front and behind the camera, that is taking on such an ambitious project and bringing this riveting story to life."
Starz has secured all U.S. domestic and worldwide multiplatform distribution rights to the White Queen from ALL3Media International. Starz also retains all global rights, with the exception of television rights in the UK, where the series will air on BBC One, and some TV/home video rights in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The White Queen follows Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne. The year is 1464 and England has been at war for nine years battling over who is the rightful King of England – it is a war between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster.
The studio calls it "a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different yet equally driven women, in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history."
The show will film on location in Bruges, Belgium, and will air in 2013.