Starz Orders ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ Series. StarzPlay To Air In the UK.

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29 Jul 19

Starz Orders ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ Series. StarzPlay To Air In the UK.

US network Starz has ordered a new version of Dangerous Liaisons to series it has been announced.

Inspired by the novel of the same name, the series will tell the origin story of the early years of the iconic characters Merteuil and Valmont when they meet as passionate young lovers in the slums of 18th century Paris.

Written and reimagined by Harriet Warner (‘Tell Me Your Secrets’, ‘Call the Midwife’), who also serves as executive producer and showrunner, this is described as “Dangerous Liaisons for a 21st-century audience”. Told from the perspective of Merteuil, the drama is informed by her line from the novel: “Born to avenge my sex and conquer yours, I have succeeded in inventing strategies for doing so that before me had never been conceived.” It promises to be thrilling, sexy and provocative, with a story of seduction and betrayal that follows the dangerous liaisons of the rich and powerful in the court of Louis VXI, as they wreak havoc on society, and each other along the way.

The series is executive produced by Playground’s Colin Callender (‘Wolf Hall’, ‘Howards End’), Tony Krantz (’24’, ‘Blood & Oil’), Bethan Jones (‘Les Misérables’, ‘Sherlock’) Scott Huff (‘The Spanish Princess’, ‘The Missing’), and Christopher Hampton (‘Dangerous Liaisons’, ‘Atonement’). Coline Abert (‘Les Revenants’), James Dormer (‘Medici’) and Rita Kalnejais (‘Babyteeth’) will also write for the series. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Kathryn Tyus-Adair and Karen Bailey are the Starz executives in charge of production.

‘Dangerous Liaisons’ will be available on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada, as well as on the STARZPLAY international streaming service via the Apple TV app in Europe and Latin America. The eight-episode season will also be available locally on STARZPLAY in the UK via Prime Video Channels and Virgin Media; Germany and France via Prime Video Channels; and in Spain via Vodafone and Orange TV.

No news on a release date for Dangerous Liaisons yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.