Writer/executive producers Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta are developing a historical drama on Mary, Queen of Scots that just got sold to… the CW?
Deadline describes the yet-unnamed series as “Game Of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette— if Marie Antoinette had a girl posse and was coming of age as a warrior queen. It’s about the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.”
Huh. I admit to not being all too up-to-date on the CW’s lineup, but does this strike anyone else as being better fitted to HBO or Showtime? What will a CW Game of Thrones/Marie Antoinette fusion even look like? Granted, the show is set during Mary’s teenage years, before her return to Scotland, meaning most of the particularly violent events of her life—being widowed twice over, being raped and then forced to marry her rapist (though historians disagree on that, I should note), being imprisoned for eighteen and a half years, being executed—would just be a particularly awful epilogue. But still… the CW?
My mind is awash with questions right now. Is this just going to be Gossip Girl in fancier dresses? Does the network even have the resources to pull off a large-scale costume drama? Will the tragedy that eventually befell Mary be addressed? Should it be? Should I give this a shot when it comes out?
I’ll be honest. I have no idea what to think right now.