Netflix Ready To Go All-In For ‘The Crown’

By November 22, 2016
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Netflix is going all-in with its Queen Elizabeth II drama The Crown, saying it’s not only committed to a second season already, but it’s ready to start writing the check for four more seasons after that as well.

Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer at Netflix, told a recent Visionary Women panel, he’s ready to keep making The Crown to cover the story all the way up to the Queen’s present, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’re in production now on the second season. This is going to take Queen Elizabeth from age 29 to, presumably, the current day. We’ll see it lay out over decades. We’ve seen a lot of things about Queen Elizabeth, but we’ve already learned more about her than we ever had by watching the first 10 hours.”

The series stars Claire Foy as Elizabeth II and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith as her husband, Prince Philip. The first season, which tackled her ascendancy to the throne, also starred Jared Harris as King George VI and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.

While The Crown didn’t generate the kind of buzz Orange is the New Black or House of Cards might produce for the subscription streaming service, Sarandos made it clear that he’s always looking for ways to continue stories, even if they’re still seeking that peak of popularity.

In fact, it might even be these smaller-known titles like The Crown so far that could help Netflix in the worldwide market. That, Sarandos said, takes patience.

“If you have a global business like Netflix, little niches can be big business. Our shows just have to work eventually.”

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