Starz, the US cable network tyat co-produced the drama with the BBC, have revealed plans to develop a sequel to the first series, which was based on novels by best-selling historical novelist Philippa Gregory.
“We’re working on looking at story,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said at the TCA Press tour yesterday, “and no, BBC won’t be part of it.”
The ten-part period drama, which starred Max Irons, Rebecca Ferguson, Faye Marsay, Aneurin Barnard and Janet McTeer, aired on BBC1 last year. But the British broadcaster have since made it clear they have no plans to make another series of the drama, saying: “The White Queen will not be returning, but it is important to note that it was never actually conceived as a returnable series.”
Starz, however, are keen to return to the world of the medieval British monarchy.
“We’re looking at the show from a creative point of view. We’re certainly interested in the sequel to White Queen. It did very well for us,” added Albrecht.
The White Queen focused on the brilliant women behind the politics of the Edward IV and Richard III. A sequel would likely be based on Gregory’s novel The White Princess, which follows on from The White Queen and tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville’s daughter Elizabeth York.
The White Queen is up for three awards at Sunday’s Golden Globes, including best miniseries or TV film.
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