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May 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix is planning to back a $160-million miniseries, The Crown, based on the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s The Guardian reported today (Friday). It will be written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen, which starred Helen Mirren in both the stage and film versions, and The Audience, which also starred Mirren in a stage version whose final performance was transmitted live to movie theaters globally. The Crown is said to have been “inspired” by The Audience, in which Mirren played Elizabeth as she met with each of her prime ministers for a weekly audience that began after she ascended the throne in 1952. The Guardian said that three actresses will perform the role of the queen in the 20-part series but it suggested that Mirren is not likely to be one of them. It is to be directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader) and produced by Left Bank Pictures, a unit of Sony Pictures Television. The Guardian said that Netflix’s bid for rights to the series topped those from the BBC and ITV. The newspaper described the deal as “another landmark for Netflix.”