Netflix has greenlit their first UK original series.
After months of rumours, the streaming giant has formally announced a deal to give royal drama The Crown, which charts the reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II, a 10 episode straight to series order.
Based on the West End play The Audience, The Crown is described as an inside look at the relationship between the Queen and her many Prime Ministers. It is eyed as a potential long running series, with each 10 episode season charting a decade of the Queen’s reign. Given that set up, numerous actresses will play the role of the Queen, though casting has yet to be announced.
The first season of The Crown, which will debut globally on the streaming service in 2016, will open with the 25-year-old Princess, faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The project, which is understood to be Netflix’s most expensive to date with an estimated price tag of £100 million, hails from director Stephen Daldry and noted scribe Peter Morgan, who was also behind the stage play on which the series is based. Sony backed UK indie Left Bank Pictures (Strike Back, Outlander) is producing, with Morgan, Andy Harries, Stephen Daldry, Robert Fox and Matthew Byam Shaw serving as executive producers.
“The Crown is storytelling that lives somewhere between television and cinema from Britain’s foremost chroniclers of modern politics, class and society,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s Vice-President of Original Content. “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.”
“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”, added Peter Morgan. “I am beyond thrilled to be reunited with partners from film, theatre and television for this epic project and delighted to be working for the first time with Netflix.”