Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Starz Gives Production Order to 'The White Queen' Sequel Series 'The White Princess'

Starz has given a production order to The White Princess, a sequel series to the network's award-winning miniseries The White Queen. The series will produce eight episodes and is currently in preproduction.

Based on Philippa Gregory's best-selling novel of the same name and part of The Cousins' War book series, The White Princess will center on England's War of the Roses as told from the female perspective. The story, which is set in 1845, follows the rise of the House of Tudor, and the rocky marriage between Princess Elizabeth of York and King Henry Tudor. When rumors arise that Elizabeth's long-lost brother Prince Richard is alive and hoping to take back the throne, she must choose a side.

The White Queen writer Emma Frost will return to serve as showrunner. She will executive produce with Gregory, Colin Callender and Michele Buck. Lachlan MacKinnon will serve as a producer. Company Pictures will produce.

"The White Queen was a phenomenal performer at Starz," said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director, Starz. "There is a dearth of programming that tells women's stories and The White Queen was embraced with great success by audiences worldwide. The passionate fanbase for Philippa Gregory's historical novels are undeniable and we are confident The White Princess will become the next must-see fandom drama series."

Following its August 2013 premiere, The White Queen became an awards player for pay cable network, earning four Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations.