“A Midsummer’s Nightmare” has just been picked up by Lifetime.
The modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” will chronicle the lives of a young group of characters led by Elena who will be heading to the woods in search of romance. While there, the group will be stranded and would have to face off against terrifying forces. Their deepest, darkest secrets will also be exposed, according to Variety.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Lifetime’s executive vice president Liz Gateley said that they are trying to redefine the types of shows that will be released in the network. “We’re really taking big swings at Lifetime and developing content that redefines what it means to be a Lifetime show. ‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’ is unlike anything Lifetime has ever done before,” she said.
The pilot for “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” was written by Anthony Jaswinski. “The Shallows” writer will also serve as a co-executive producer. “Royal Pains” alum Jeff Kwatinetz and “Salem’s” Josh Barry will act as executive producers. The production for the series started in April. Its official release date hasn’t been confirmed.
Meanwhile, “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” isn’t the only Shakespeare-inspired TV show that is being developed. ABC is currently working on the “Romeo and Juliet” sequel “Still-Star Crossed.” The series was created by Shonda Rhimes under her production company Shondaland.
“Still-Star Crossed” picks up immediately where the story or Romeo and Juliet ended. The upcoming TV show is based on the book by Melinda Taub.
The cast of “Still-Star Crossed” includes Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline, Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence, Ebonee Noel as Livia, Torrance Coombs as Paris, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague and Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, according to Deadline.
“Still-Star Crossed” is expected to be released later this year.