Hulu Hands Out Series Orders To Femme Fatale Drama ‘Reprisal’ & Russian Period Romp ‘The Great’ – TCA

Hulu has picked up to series two pilots, femme fatale thriller Reprisal and Elle Fanning-fronted period drama The Great. The digital platform announced the orders at TCA.

Reprisal comes from The Handmaid’s Tale exec producer Warren Littlefield. Written by Josh Corbin (StartUp), the show is a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads.

The drama stars Abigail Spencer in the lead role alongside Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud, Madison Davenport, Rhys Wakefield, David Dastmalchian, W. Earl Brown and Gilbert Owuor. The pilot was directed by Jonathan Van Tulleken (Off Season), who will exec produce the series, which is produced by A+E Studios and The Littlefield Company. Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield serve as co-executive producers.

The series order comes after production on the pilot stalled in September as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Meanwhile, Catherine The Great drama The Great stars Elle Fanning as Catherine alongside Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge and Sacha Dhawan.

The “genre-bending” series is an anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia. It details the rise to power of Catherine and her explosive relationship with her husband Peter, the emperor of Russia, played by Hoult.

Created, written and exec produced by Tony McNamara (The Favourite) and produced by MRC. Marian Macgowan, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Elle Fanning and Matt Shakman, who also directed the pilot, exec produce.

The Great is the latest Catherine the Great project set after HBO and Sky partnered on an eponymous mini-series with Helen Mirren.

Both series go into production later this year with Reprisal premiering in 2019 and The Great airing in 2020.

No official word on Hulu’s other recently ordered pilots including comic adaptation Sweet Tooth from Team Downey, Bret Easton Ellis adaptation Less Than Zero, Rafe Spall, John Slattery and Allison Tolman-fronted comedy Kansas City from Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV and Search and Destroy from Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein and Annapurna Television.

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