Fable Pictures, the indie backed by Sony Pictures Television, has optioned the TV rights to the life stories of Dame Joan and Jackie Collins, OBE, with plans to produce a six episode drama series exploring their lives. There is presently no UK broadcaster attached to the project. Sony Pictures Television will handle global sales.
The untitled series follow the two sisters on their pathways to fame, each carving out longstanding careers, Joan as an actress and Jackie as an author, proving that women can indeed be in the driving seat of their own lives. As they struggle to make it against all the odds, in a world long before #metoo, these power house sisters negotiate the issues that many women still face today: sexism, misogyny, harassment, abuse, ageism and pay equity.
Joan and Jackie navigate it all with their trademark wit and megawatt glamour proving they are both strong and fearless women not to be underestimated. This is an extraordinary rite of passage story about two sisters who did it for themselves – and each other – to define the 1980s. “I am delighted that such a prestigious team wants to tell our story, and I know my sister Jackie would be as excited as I am to be involved!”, Joan Collins said.
Penelope Skinner is penning the scripts for the series. The executive producers are Caroline Harvey, Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell. Casting Director Nina Gold will cast the series. “I am thrilled to be working on the fascinating story of these fabulous, iconic and powerful women”, Skinner said. “There is far more to Joan and Jackie than diamonds and shoulder pads: these are two very special sisters whose lives are both aspirational and inspirational”.
While Executive Producers Caroline Harvey and Faye Ward added: “This is a dream project for us. We are delighted that the Collins’ family have entrusted us with this empowering story about two exceptional sisters who challenged the status quo, set their hearts on their wildest Hollywood dreams and achieved them on their own terms”,