Lifetime has given a greenlight to Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, a six episode limited series follow up to the network’s original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, TVWise has learned.
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles picks up following Lizzie’s acquittal of the murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, which has resulted in Lizzie becoming something of a celebrity. But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother to Broadway luminaries and the head of the criminal underworld — start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise.
Christinia Ricci and Clea DuVall, who starred in the TV movie, are set to reprise their roles as Lizzie and Emma Borden, respectively. Other cast member lined up for the limited series include Cole Hause (Good Will Hunting) as Pinkerton agent Charlie Siringo; John Heard (The Sopranos) as William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew; and Andrew Howard (Hatfields & McCoys) as William, Lizzie’s half-brother.
“For more than a century, the world has been captivated by the legend of Lizzie Borden. But no one has captured her enigmatic menace as well as Christina Ricci,” said Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime. “This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden’s dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life.”
The six episode limited series is being penned by Greg Small, Rich Blaney, Barbara Nance, Jason Grote and David Simkins. Sony Pictures Television, who also produced Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, will produce, with Judith Verno serving as the executive producer. Sons of Anarchy helmer Stephen Kay will direct the opening block of episodes, which are expected to air on Lifetime in 2015.