Starz is staying true to its promise to increase their original programming in effort to compete with other specialty channels like Showtime and HBO. Following in the footsteps of successful adaptations of novel series like ‘Game of Thrones,’ Starz has acquired Phillipa Gregory’s ‘The White Queen’ for distribution, developed into an ongoing dramatic series by ALL3Media International. A ten-episode order has been placed for the historical property and former HBO Films president Colin Callender is attached to ‘The White Queen’ as an Executive Producer.
‘The White Queen’ adapts the first three novels in Gregory’s ‘The Cousins War’ series, an historical drama set during England’s War of the Roses. The war raged across a thirty-year span during the 1400’s between the rival houses of Lancaster and York, whose heraldic insignias were red & white roses, respectively. Sound familiar? It should; with ‘Game of Thrones’ at an all-time high in popularity, Starz seems primed to bring a more realistic and historically accurate drama to the same demographic. Y’know… without the dragons.
Premiering in 2013, the series will star little-known actors in this tale of love and loss, headed up by certified-hunk Max Irons (‘Dorian Gray’). With far more focus on romance and seduction than ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The White Queen’ seems to bridge the gap between the fans of medieval warfare and the Shades-of-Grey style of rugged love. The plot of the novels follows Elizabeth Woodville of the House of Lancaster, widowed after her valiant husband is slain in battle. The seduction of the reigning King (of the rival house) begins—murder and underhanded deals are sure to follow.
Starz is sinking its teeth into period pieces, as ‘The White Queen’ joins ‘Da Vinci’s Demons,’ ‘Black Sails,’ and ‘Marco Polo,’ each in development.