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Gaumont, Cinetévé Team on Historical Series ‘Le Clan Bonaparte’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Gaumont and French production banner Cinetévé are teaming up to develop and produce “Le clan Bonaparte,” a historical drama series about the Bonaparte family, as well as the rise and fall of the widely ambitious Napoleon.

The six-part drama has been commissioned by French public broadcaster France 2.

Well-established French screenwriter Virginie Brac, whose credits include “Spiral,” is writing the show. Isabelle Degeorges and Arnaud de Crémiers at Gaumont is producing with Cinétévé.

The series will shed light on Napoleon’s Corsican family and the rise to power of Napoleon, a charismatic 25-year old leader who led his clan to access the highest-circles of French society. The show will explore the entourage of Napoleon, notably his mother, Laetizia, his brothers and sisters, and Josephine, his spouse.

With Brac on board to write, the series will likely have an edge and won’t be a traditional costume drama.

Gaumont is currently producing two drama series, L’Art du Crime,” commissioned by France 2; and “Nox,” a contemporary crime series which has been ordered by French pay TV channel Canal Plus and is being co-distributed worldwide by Studiocanal and Gaumont.

Meanwhile, Cinetevé has just appointed Thomas Saignes, former exec at IRIS Group (“Bad Banks”), as head of international production as it aims to create high-profile series for the global market.