Netflix reportedly has a budget of $5 billion for 2016 for its original programming. But with the subscriber growth beginning to slow down, one of the ways industry analysts believes it can continue to expand is through international markets. This is evident with the streaming service’s latest original series The Crown.
The Crown, with its first trailer recently released on Monday, is said to be Netflix’s most wildly ambitious project to make. Created, written and produced by The Queen writer Peter Morgan, it tells the entire life story of Queen Elizabeth II of England and is set to dramatize the Queen’s life over a span of five seasons, each detailing another decade of her illustrious life on the throne.
The streaming service company reportedly dropped $100 million on the upcoming historical drama in order to cover the project’s unbelievable production value, impressive cast and expansive time period which is more than any show they have produced thus far.
Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos recently spoke about the ambitious venture at the Royal Television Society in London. We are looking for stuff that is more brand-defining and tentpole,” he said. “The Crown is produced to a scale that I don’t think many networks could step up to. Because our audience is large and global and the story is incredibly local, we can invest heavily in a project like that.”
With a planned sixty episodes over six seasons, it is truly a massive undertaking, where the screenwriter and playwright have the responsibility of putting the best stories of the current monarch put on stage and screen.
Queen Elizabeth II will be played by Clair Foy, a 25-year old newlywed who will be responsible for leading the world’s most famous monarchy as the British Empire is in decline while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Winston Churchill (John Lithgow).
Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Victoria Hamilton, Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Kirby also star in the 10-episode series that goes behind the locked doors of Westminster and Buckingham Palace to reveal the personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century, according to Deadline.
The Crown will be available to stream November 4.
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