Julia Quinn’s best selling novels, Bridgerton, gets a screen adaptation that may still release on Netflix in 2020.
Bridgerton is currently being developed for Netflix based on a series of romance novels by Julia Quinn. As all filming was complete prior to the shut-downs from the COVID-19 pandemic, Quinn is hopeful that the series will still release on Netflix in 2020.
The series will be the first mass-market romance novels to be adapted for the screen. There are eight novels in the series that are based in Regency-era London. Each novel is centered around one of the eight wealthy Bridgerton siblings.
Produced by Shonda Rhimes and created by Chris Van Dusen, the series is an exciting addition to the Netflix lineup. We often see many adaptations of Jane Austen and other period dramas, but this will be a milestone. A series based on mass-market romance novels is something new, and frankly, exciting.
Regency-Era London was full of excess and costumes beyond our wildest dreams. It will make for a beautiful series for fans of the era. Reading these types of novels and imagining the scenery and costumes is one thing, but seeing them played out on screen will be a delight.
Besides the wonderful cast of Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Ruth Gemmel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Thompson, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Stokes, Will Tilston, and Florence Hunt the fantastic Julie Andrews will join as the narrator. Andrews’ character, Lady Whistledown, is an untraditional narrator who is a writer that uses her findings to cause upheaval in wealthy circles across London.
The New York Times describes it as:
"An adaptation of a group of lush romance novels set in Regency England — the Bridgerton Series, by Julia Quinn — that the “Scandal” veteran Chris Van Dusen will turn into a dramatic series."
To learn more about the series, take a look at Julia Quinn’s website.
Showrunner and creator Van Dusen shared this magical photo on his Instagram from the first day of filming. Do you see that balcony in the background?
Author Quinn has also penned the next novel in the Bridgerton series, but this will be a prequel to the previous books. See the interview below from Entertainment Weekly.
I am a fan of Regency-era historical novels and am very excited about this series. This type of writing allows an escape from the ‘real world’ that we live in and gives a chance to see how life was during this time in history. To see it depicted on-screen is a real treat.
Watch for a release date and more information on Netflix Life.