Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) is set to produce a female-driven series based on the works of William Shakespeare according to Deadline. Working through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner and with the Australian Broadcasting Company, production company Hoodlum and ABC Studios International, the series, which was created by Giula Sandler (Nowhere Boys) will air 10-episodes from the female perspectives of Shakespeare’s characters.
The series, which has yet to be given a title, will be led by a female creative team who will produce ten standalone episodes. Each episode will be based on a celebrated work of Shakespeare updated to comment on our modern, global society. Sandler will act as a showrunner and also write one episode of the series as she works with female writers and directors to update Shakespeare’s stories to the modern times.
“We are thrilled about this Australian partnership as an opportunity to showcase unique, distinctly female voices in writing, and to demonstrate the high quality of the Australian film and television industry,” LuckyChap said in a statement. “The project will share diverse points of view, from writers representing the different cultures and areas within Australia, which many would not readily associate with works of Shakespeare.”
“The ABC is thrilled to be able to develop this locally produced drama in partnership with LuckyChap Entertainment, Hoodlum and ABC Studios International,” said David Anderson, Director of Entertainment and Specialist for the ABC. “The ABC is dedicated to delivering high quality, relevant storytelling free to all Australians. We are excited that this female-led team celebrates strong female creative talent, transforming traditional classic tales from a very different era into modern and culturally diverse stories.”
“This project will bring together leading and emerging female voices in Australian screen to re-imagine Shakespeare in a modern context,” said Hoodlum’s Tracey Robertson. “We’re delighted to partner with ABC, ABC Studios International and LuckyChap on such an ambitious and exciting project. This is an incredibly original and bold approach for a Television series and I can’t wait to see the stories that will emerge.”
“ABC Studios International is thrilled to be a partner in this unique project,” said Keli Lee, Managing Director at ABC Studios International. “This production is a chance to create something classic yet boldly original and modern. The works of Shakespeare are iconic and this will present them in a way they’ve never been seen before.”
The series will be produced in Australia with filming expected to begin sometime in 2018.