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Lifetime Greenlights Pilot for Shakespeare Anthology Thriller ‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Lifetime is ramping up their scripted slate, picking up psychological thriller “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” to pilot, Variety has learned.

The potential series marks Lifetime’s second project from A+E Studios, following the critical breakout “UnReal.”

The first prospective season of the hourlong anthology series is based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but with a modern-day twist.

Told from the perspective of Elena, a young woman reluctantly drawn into a summer getaway-turned-nightmare, the series introduces four young lovers who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their romantic desires, but their plans are quickly thwarted when terrifying forces in the deep woods target the stranded group, using their own fantasies and darkest secrets against them.

“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,” said Liz Gateley, executive vice president and head of programming for Lifetime.

“The Shallows” writer Anthony Jaswinski wrote the pilot and will serve as a co-executive producer. “Royal Pains” alum Jeff Kwatinetz and “Salem’s” Josh Barry of The Firm are exec producers. Lifetime put the project into development this past April.

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