Starz is moving forward with development on a series of dramas inspired by what it describes as "extraordinary women of history." The programs are being developed by Lionsgate TV and Colin Callender’s Playground, and first up is an adaptation of Alison Weir’s acclaimed biography Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life and its companion novel, Captive Queen.
Susie Conklin (A Discovery of Witches, Cranford) will write and executive produce the Eleanor of Aquitaine series. "I’m thrilled at the opportunity to bring Eleanor’s story to life–the drama and adventures she experienced are truly epic," she said in a statement. "I'm also captivated at how a woman who lived over 800 years ago can be so strikingly modern. She’s determined to live her life on her own terms, and the way she goes about that are extraordinary"
"This slate of series will focus on lesser known but undeniably exceptional female historical figures while continuing the exploration of fierce characters in history," added Christina Davis, president of programming for Starz. "Alison Weir’s novels are the perfect jumping off point for this collection of series from Playground, who are known for their sophisticated storytelling."
"We’re excited to partner with Starz and Lionsgate to bring Alison Weir’s acclaimed biography and novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine to television," said executive producers Scott Huff and David Stern, who will oversee development of the series for Playground. "Eleanor presided over a magnificent, progressive court filled with scandal and intrigue, and we’re thrilled with Susie’s bold and provocative take on this fascinating story."