When it comes to historical fiction, few own the genre more than Michael Hirst. The “Elizabeth” scriptwriter made the jump early to prestige TV and created Starz’s big-budget but short-lived “Camelot,” Showtime’s early success “The Tudors,” and History’s long-running “Vikings” series.
With “Vikings” set to premiere its sixth and final season later this year, Hirst is already lining up his next project, “Charlemagne,” a drama series based on the wildlife of the Roman emperor which is being produced for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form video platform Quibi.
Hirst will pen the project about the ruler who united Eastern and Western Europe amidst navigating a salacious and complicated personal life. It was previously announced that Hirst is also teaming with Hartswood Films and Wild Bunch TV to adapt Boris Pasternak’s classic novel “Doctor Zhivago” into an eight-part TV series.