Costume and Period Drama Coming Our Way

 Date
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 Film / Series  (sortable)  Synopsys  Trailer
 01/14/18 Victoria S2  US

Season 2 of the TV series chronicling Queen Victoria’s early life.
01/18/18 Birtannia

Britannia is a drama set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army – determined and terrified in equal measure – returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia – a mysterious land ruled by warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld. Or so they say.
 01/19/18 The Current War

Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch as ”Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.”  
01/20/18 Colette

Keira Knightley stars as French novelist, Colette, who overcomes an abusive marriage to emerge as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

01/22/18 The Alienist

“Crime reporter, John Moore, meets with psychologist, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.” (10 episodes)

TNT

01/28/18 Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents

This series uncovers the secret state that helped keep Queen Elizabeth in power for over 40 years. During a time when Britain was divided, unstable and violent the world’s first secret service was born. Run by William and Robert Cecil, this father and son team had the duty of protecting the queen and the country. This series asks leading historians to each study the period from a different key players point of view. They dissect the minds and motivations of key players to reveal a covert spy network, revealing Elizabethan England as it really was.  PBS

Sundays, January 28 – February 11, 10-11 pm ET

 02/02/18 Journey’s End

RC Sherriff’s Journey’s End is the seminal British play about WW1. Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously awaiting their fate. February 02. 2018  (UK
 02/02/2018 Winchester, The House that Ghosts Built

Helen Mirren stars as Sarah Winchester, the 19th-c. gun heiress who built the supposedly haunted Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.

  • Australia Feb 22, 2018
  • United States Feb 02, 2018
  • United Kingdom Mar 2, 2018
  • New Zealand Feb 22, 2018
 
 03/02/18 Alpha

 

 A story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age.  
03/16/18 Mary Magaelene

Mary Magdalene is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem. Mary Magdalene also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim, Ariane Labed and Ryan Corr.
03/18/18 Krypton

The story of Superman’s grandfather as he fights for justice on his home planet.
03/26/18 The Terror

 Inspired by a true event, follows the Royal Navy’s 19th century perilous voyage as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction, frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth. THE TERROR highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with one another.

Ten episode period set horror thriller starts next March

 

 
03/30/18 Mary Magaelene

Mary Magdalene is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem. Mary Magdalene also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim, Ariane Labed and Ryan Corr.
04/06/18 Chappaquiddick

Ted Kennedy’s life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
04/19/18

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

 A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.  Release New Zealand
07/30/18 Wuthering  Heights

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate tale of the intense and demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, allegedly a Gypsy foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is degraded and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man to find he is too late and that Cathy has married Edgar Linton. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his miseries.Unable to bear being parted from his love he curses her on her deathbed to never rest and always be with him and so begins 20 years of her haunting his every waking and sleeping hour. A tale of love, hate, horror, haunting, but most of all a story about human nature. Emily Bronte wrote the greatest , most terrifying love story of all time.
09/21/2018 Robin Hood

A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story.
11/16/18 Fantastic Beasts 2

The second installment of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander.
12/18/18 Mortal Engines

Peter Jackson Epic Saga

 

Many years after the “Sixty Minute War,” cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.

Aftermath, The In the aftermath of World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower who lives with them.
TV mini
Black 47   (aka The Ranger)

Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.
Cold Skin

On the edge of the Antartic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall… 2017

Released in Spain on Oct 10. Still showing the US as 2017

 1/19/18 Lizzie A young woman goes on a notorious ax-murdering rampage in Massachusetts at the turn of the century.  2018  
New Amsterdam  2018 A historical adventure about New York City when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam, discovered by Henry Hudson and run by the infamous Peter Stuyvesant. Famke Janssen star. 2018  (in development)
Peterloo  2018

A drama based on events surrounding the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces fired on a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.
The Happy Prince

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.Rupert Everett, Colin First, Emma Watson. Germany – May 28, 2018
The Mad Whale

“Inmates at a women’s mental asylum stage a theatrical production of Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick.'” Completed 2017
Medici: Masters of Florence S2 Jump forward in time about 20 years for season two to tell the story of Lorenzo ‘the Magnificent’, and we’re actually anticipating that that will take two seasons.” 2017 on Netflix
Fever BBC America is to produce a small screen adaptation of Mary Beth Keane‘s novel FEVER into a period set mini series starring Elisabeth Moss! It tells the story of the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever who became known as “Typhoid Mary”as she spread typhoid across the burgeoning metropolis of early twentieth century New York. unknown (in talks)
Flying Horse Gary Oldman’s first film as director in 20 years, and only his second ever, is a biopic of the pioneering 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, focusing on the affair between his wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns, the theatre critic he kills. No casting confirmed, but Oldman had been chasing Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch. The man himself will play Muybridge’s prosecutor. development unknown – Star, Writer, Produce: Gary Oldman
Rogue Male A hunter attempts to assassinate a dictator, but fails and is captured and tortured. He successfully escapes back to England, but enemy agents and police are on the hunt for him. Benedict Cumberbatch unknown (being scripted in Feb 2017)
 02/16/18 Samson

After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with Supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God.
 07/06/18 Mary Shelley

Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.
  • France Apr 25, 2018
  • United Kingdom Jul 6, 2018
 09/21/18 Robin Hood

“A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story.”
  • Australia Sep 2018
  • Germany Sep 2018
  • Netherlands Sep 2018
  • New Zealand Sep 2018
  • Turkey Sep 2018
  • United States Sep 21, 2018
 09/19/18 The Sword in the Stone A live-action remake of the Disney film. October 19, 2018
 12/25/18 Mary Poppins Returns

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. December 25, 2018
The Little Stranger

THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1947, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own. 2018
A Very English Scandal

British politician Jeremy Thorpe is accused of murdering his ex-lover and is forced to stand trial in 1979.  2018
Vita and Virginia

It’s the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

Lesbian

2018

Caesar A chilling film adaptation of Shakespeare’s shocking tale of ambition, betrayal, murder, and the supernatural. 2018
Chaperone, The The period movie The Chaperone will take place against the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the early 1920’s. A Kansas woman is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfill her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other is on a mission to unearth the mysteries of her past. 2018  Masterpiece

Writer / Screenplay: Julian Fellows

Das Boot

A sequel to Das Boot (1981). 2018

Most Europe

A Discovery of Witches Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer in the lead roles as a vampire and a witch who fall in love with each other while hiding their true identities. She is a history professor and he a scientist who join together to decode a powerful manuscript which could bring peace between their kinds.  The series, which will air sometime next year, will also star Alex Kingston as her mother a powerful witch, and Lindsay Duncan as his vampire mother who hates witches. 2018
The Favourite Queen Anne of England, Sarah Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Abigail Masham (played by Emma Stone). 2018
Guernsey

A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. 2018
In Like Flynn Biopic of Errol Flynn’s roust-about early life in Australia, as an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. 2018
Les Miserables Non-singing BBC miniseries based on Victor Hugo’s novel. 2018
 05/13/18

05/20/18

LIttle Women Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage. 2018 Masterpiece
 06/00/18 Man in an Orange Shirt

Set in 1945 and 2018, the new period drama will star Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, The Gathering Storm) as a grandmother who is trying to cope with the fact that her grandson is homosexual. In his first screen drama, best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale tells two gay love stories, 60 years apart – stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations. Charting the challenges and huge changes to gay lives from the Second World War to the present, the two-hour film explores a forbidden relationship made impossible by illegality and societal pressure and contrasts it with present day romance which, while the external constraints have fallen away, is a minefield of internalized issues and temptations. 2018 Masterpiece
The Man Who Killed
Don Quixote
An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st-century London and 17th-century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza. 2018
 11/02/18 Mary Queen of Scots

Film biopic of the Scottish queen starring Saoirse Ronan.

Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

2018
 07/06/18 Mary Shelley

“The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 years old Mary Wollstonecraft, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.”
The Merlin Saga ‘Variety’ reports that Ridley Scott is in talks to direct Disney’s THE MERLIN SAGA which is eyed as a possible franchise based on 12 books from T.A. Barron which he started publishing back in 1996! He would also produce it with Lord of the Rings‘ and Hobbit‘s Philippa Boyens writing the script! Similar to the popular BBC series from a decade ago, THE MERLIN SAGA depicts the origin story of a young wizard Merlin who would go on to become the mentor of the classic literary character of King Arthur. It is even more interesting that Disney is preparing another movie from this universe – a live-action version of SWORD IN THE STONE which Ridley could also produce. 2018?
08/31/18 The Little Stranger

THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1947, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own. US
Picnic at Hanging Rock

‘Three schoolgirls and their governesses mysteriously disappear on Valentines Day in 1900.’ Miniseries based on the book. 2018 on Amazon
Aspern Papers Adaptation of a Henry James novel, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.
Strange Angels A rocket scientist in 1940s Los Angeles is secretly the disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley.
Black 47

Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family. 2018
Catherine the Great Biopic to be directed by Barbra Streisand.
The Custom of the Country Edith Wharton novel, Scarlett Johansson is attached.
The Devil in the White City An architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair, while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women.
East of Eden Jennifer Lawrence stars in this adaptation of a Steinbeck novel.
Emperor Action epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father.
The Living and the Dead Set in 1894 in Somerset, a couple who have moved into a new house but strange and dangerous paranormal goings-on start to plague them.
The Marquis “The doomed and passionate relationship between the Marquis de Montespan and his wife Athénaïs, who became mistress to Louis XIV.”
Radioactive Biopic based on the book, “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout.”
Swords and Sceptres A tale of women’s empowerment, Swords and Sceptres tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857. Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Johdi May, Nathaniel Parker
The Nightingale 1825 Tasmania. A young convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family, takes an Aboriginal male outcast with her through the interior and gets much more than she bargained for.  Sam Claflin
Old Man’s War

OLD MAN’S WAR is set centuries in the future where older citizens are given a choice: age and die on Earth or join the military in the interstellar Colonial Union, which will transfer their minds into battle ready versions of their own younger bodies. The story follows 75 year old widower John Perry, who, in his amazing new body – Perry, discovers he’s a natural fighter and leads his platoon through gruelling battles against hostile alien races. But when he meets a soldier who looks like a younger version of his beloved deceased wife, everything Perry thought he knew about his new life, and the war he’s fighting in it, is turned upside down.
Carnival Row
In the series that follows the investigation of a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists, Orlando Bloom will play the man in the center of it, Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on CARNIVAL ROW. Rycroft is not supposed to care about the death of another faerish refugee, but he does, and getting to the bottom of what happened to her will come at a big cost.
2019
Damsel

Robert Pattinson playing Samuel, a wealthy and influential pioneer who traveled across west American Frontiers to marry love of his life Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). Along the journey, he was aided by a drunkard and a miniature horse named Butterscotch. As Samuel continued on his quest, he encountered many obstacles and soon the lines between heroes, damsels and villains are blurred.
2018
The Warrior

The Story of the Warrior

will be set against the backdrop of the brutal Tong Wars in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 1800s! The cast is led by Andrew Koji as Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who travels from China to San Francisco and ends up becoming a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown! (c.late 1800s)

2019
Troy: Fall of a City
An epic tale of mortals and gods,  has a psychologically rich and sweeping narrative which goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth. Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, TROY: FALL OF A CITY is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.
2019
12/25/19 A Christmas Carol   (BBC)
BBC are  looking to adapt a series of Dickens’ works beginning with A CHRISTMAS CAROL which will be adapted into three part mini series by Tom Hardy’s production house, Ridley Scott and Steven Knight of Peaky Blinders. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly cold hearted boss, who is visited by four ghosts from the past, present and the future, on a freezing Christmas Eve, and must face up to how his self interested, penny-pinching behaviour has impacted his own life and those around him, leaving him in a paranoid bubble of fear, will air on Christmas 2019! This Christmas, meanwhile, will see The Miniaturist and new Little Women mini series airing on the small screens in Britain.
 2019
Endeavour Season 5
6 episodes.   Circa 1968
Poldark Season 4
Fall 2018
 The Durrells in Corfu Season 3
Fall 2018