Prequel ‘The Crown’: Discussions Begin Between Netflix and Left Bank



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Netflix and producer Left Bank Pictures are in talks about a prequel to the British royal drama series, a source confirmed Friday. However, the prequel is not in development and has no green light either.

The prequel would begin with the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 and would lead to where “The Crown” began, which was with the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II in 1947. Peter Morgan, creator of “The Crown”, would also write the prequel , which would last three to five seasons, according to a report in the Daily Mail, described by Variety’s source as “speculative.”

The period includes the reigns of four kings in 50 years: Edward VII (1901-10), George V (1910-36), Edward VIII (1936) and George VI (1936-52).

Four seasons of the show have been streamed so far, winning 11 Primetime Emmys last year, including Outstanding Drama Series, two Emmys in 2020, five in 2018, and three in 2017.

Season 5 will stream in November, with a new cast set to portray the Royal Family in the 1990s, including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles. Jonny Lee Miller will also appear as Prime Minister John Major.

Left Bank will begin shooting season 6, its final season, in August. The cast will likely remain the same, apart from the actors who played Prince William and his younger brother Harry as teenagers.

The show is mainly filmed at Elstree Studios, near London.

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