Forget The Crown: A brand-new historical drama, this time about the Monaco royal family, is coming. And unlike Netflix's show, this one has the royal stamp of approval.
Monaco: Part I — The Rock, produced by four members of the House of Grimaldi—Andrea Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Beatrice Casiraghi (née Bormeo), and Charlotte Casiraghi's husband, Dimitri Rassam—will tell the story of the origins of the Grimaldi dynasty, beginning from their conquest of Monaco. In 1297, François Grimaldi captured the Rock of Monaco, and started the dynasty.
"I thought I knew this story but it turns out I had only scratched the surface. Simply said it is epic in every way: Family, adventure, intrigue," Rassam told Variety. "The true story of the foundation of the Grimaldis of Monaco some seven centuries ago is one of the most captivating stories I have had the chance of discovering thanks to the initiative of Beatrice, Andrea and Pierre."
The foursome, who run Astrea Films, plan for a franchise similar to Taylor Sheridan's Yellowstone universe, "a series of movies and tv shows on the history of Monaco starting with the Grimaldi Family origin story." Astrea said in a statement, "We were overwhelmed by the amount of untold, intriguing and epic tales that were hidden in ancient documents and private correspondence throughout the centuries. Ultimately we decided to start at the beginning."
Martha Hillier will write Monaco: Part I — The Rock. Hillier, Astrea said, "brought her passion and talent into telling the Grimaldi’s origin story by carving from those archives the most layered, witty and authentic characters."
The film will also be produced by Pathé and Chapter 2, a Mediawan Company.
"The incredible story of the Grimaldis throughout the ages allow for stories to be told over generations, in the vein of what was brilliantly achieved with Yellowstone,'" Ardavan Safaee, CEO of production company Pathé. Safaee added that Pathé "feels there is an almost unlimited potential with this IP whether for the movie theaters or in the series format."
Production is slated to begin sometime in 2024. We'll update this as soon as we learn more.
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