CANNES — Netflix has acquired second-window U.S. streaming rights to “Versailles,” the ambitious period series created and exec produced by Simon Mirren (“Criminal Minds”) and David Wolstencroft (“The Escape Artist”).
Sold out worldwide by Zodiak Rights and made for French pay TV channel Canal Plus, the 10-part series stars two British up-and-comers, Georges Blagden (“Vikings”) in the role of Louis XIV and Alexander Vlahos in the role of the Sun King’s enigmatic brother.
“Versailles” was produced by Newen’s Capa Drama and Zodiak and co-produced by Incendo with a budget of 30 million Euros, which is considered highly pricey by French production standards. The series was exec produced by Claude Chelli (“Braquo”), Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”) and Incendo’s Jean Bureau. “Yves Saint Laurent” helmer Jalil Lespert directed the first episodes.
Dealing with power, love, betrayal and war, “Versailles” explores a defining period of French history through the rein of King Louis XIV, who was known as the Sun King. The series open in 1667 when King Louis XIV was a 28-year-old monarch on the cusp of greatness. Evolving into a ruthless leader, Louis envisioned the construction of Versailles, Europe’s most beautiful palace located on the outskirts of Paris, in order to seize absolute control of France and his enemies.
“Versailles” has been critically acclaimed and earned strong ratings for a French show developed under the Canal Plus “original creation” label. A second season of the series is now in production.
As reported in Variety, “Versailles” will first premiere in the U.S. on Ovation TV on Oct. 6.