In what is becoming one of the longest-in-production sequels of all time, Philippa Gregory has posted yet another update on the Starz adaptation of her novel The White Princess.
Although Starz announced they wanted to work on a sequel almost immediately after the joint Starz/BBC production of The White Queen had aired, there has been two years of vague promises and little else. The BBC bowed out straight after White Queen, which was not nearly as well-received in the UK as in the US. There was also the matter of the BBC wanting to present The White Queen, and Starz wanting to present what the Daily Mail dubbed The Blue Queen. With only a small handful of sex scenes making it to the British version, the American version included plenty of frivolous nude scenes and ramped-up sex scenes. There was clearly little advantage for the BBC working with Starz. Despite a hefty budget (reports seem to range between £10-25 million) it has a distinctly low-budget air, not helped by the costuming, or the “12 guys in a forest” version of the Battle of Bosworth.
Starz has yet to make an official announcement on the project. Judging from the amount of people enthusiastically embracing the alleged incestuous relationship between Richard III and his niece Elizabeth of York portrayed in White Queen and White Princess, dreamily wishing for a return of Aneurin Barnard on Gregory’s Facebook page, let’s hope it stays stuck in development hell.
Deadline has just confirmed that Starz has greenlit The White Princess. Emma Frost will return as showrunner and it will be a limited 8 episode series. According to the synopsis it charts the rise of the House of Tudor through the tortuous marriage between Princess Elizabeth of York and King Henry Tudor.”
Update the Second 11/02
BBC has announced they are not even going to air The White Princess, further distancing themselves from the project.