Freeform is readying its first-ever period drama “Cleopatra” with a writers room having been assembled to work on scripts. A casting director and line producer are now being hired in anticipation of a formal green light.
The female-centric adventure series follows the life of the most beloved ruler in Egyptian history. This tale will follow her rise and transition to becoming not only the first, last and only female pharaoh, but also the world’s most powerful person – all while engaging in a classic love triangle that changed the map of the world forever.
“Quantico” executive producer Michael Seitzman, former CBS head of drama Christina Davis, “Transformers” film producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and ABC Signature are all teaming for the project which would mark the first major Cleopatra-centered series. The character did feature in a supporting role on HBO’s “Rome”.
The network is also developing “Augs,” an hourlong futuristic drama from “Dark Skies” director-writer-producer Scott Stewart. The series is set in a near future where those with technological-biological enhancements offering an always-connected augmented reality view of the world are the privileged few.
The unconnected ‘Norms’ are a nearly invisible underclass. In one moneyed, suburban enclave a popular Aug girl falls for a mysterious new Norm boy and forces on both sides conspire to keep them apart.