Netflix is planning a new £100 million drama series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, beating off competition from the BBC and ITV.
The Crown will be shot as a 20 episode series and follows the life of the monarch from the moment she became Queen at the age of 26, following the death of her father King George VI, to the present day.
Netflix has set aside around £5 million in budget per episode.
The series will be written by Peter Morgan, who wrote 2006 film The Queen and recent stage play The Audience, which both starred Helen Mirren as the monarch. However, Mirren is not currently attached to star in The Crown. Morgan will team up with Billy Elliot’s Stephen Daldry for the series. The series will also reunite Morgan with producer Andy Harries, who worked with the writer on The Queen and The Audience.
Left Bank Pictures, owned by Sony Pictures Television, will produce the drama series and is close to finalising the deal with Netflix. The series will be the first original Netflix production to be made in the UK following its successes with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
It is understood the series with focus as much on the Queen’s dealings with various Prime Ministers during her reign as the Queen herself.
Because of the wide scope of the drama, encompassing over 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign, three actresses will play the role.
The Crown will start filming next year and should be available on Netflix by 2016.