Netflix is about to make its first UK-made original series: The Crown. Based on the popular West End play The Audience, the show will portray the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The royal drama will be the most expensive original series to date and is expected to cost around £100m to produce. That generous a budget will undoubtedly attract some star performers but there are no details yet of who will play the lead role.
The first season is expected to debut on Netflix in 2016 and will focus on the relationship between the Queen and her Prime Ministers, including the story of how she formed a relationship with the UK's tough war leader, Winston Churchill. There will be ten episodes in total during the first season.
If successful, the drama could become a long running series, with each season chronicling a decade of the Queen's reign. Celebrated director Stephen Daldry and scribe Peter Morgan, who were also the masterminds behind the stage play, will head the project.
"The Crown is storytelling that lives somewhere between television and cinema from Britain's foremost chroniclers of modern politics, class and society," said Netflix vice president of Original Content, Cindy Holland.
Peter Morgan added: "The Crown is not only about the royal family but about an empire in decline, a world in disarray and the dawn of a new era."
Sounds promising! Netflix US has already produced fantastic original content during the last few years including the critically acclaimed Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards - hopefully The Crown is up to the same standard.
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