The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are working on a Netflix spinoff, Great Expectations.
When the couple resigned as senior royals to move to California three years ago, they were rumored to have signed a $100 million deal with the streaming service, although their deal so far has only produced “Harry+” Meghan” documentary series and another documentary program “Live to Lead”, with other projects in the pipeline.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s Archerwell company are producing “Bad Manners,” a prequel based on Charles Dickens’ classic Miss Havisham, but bringing the lonely The spinster reimagined as a strong woman living in a patriarchal society. The play has not yet been approved.
Harry’s documentary series on “The Undefeated Games” is also nearing completion, however, Meghan’s animated children’s series “Pearls” was canceled last May, as were some of the couple’s other proposals.
The outlet reported that their proposal appeared to be aimed at duplicating already successful shows on Netflix, including a sitcom “described as ‘Emily in Paris,’ but about a man” and a family-friendly LGBTQ+ show I watched, but was deemed too similar. To “heart-stuck”.
Despite the setback, Harry and Meghan — who have Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two — and Netflix remain happy with the deal.
A spokesperson for Archewell said: “New companies often make changes in people and strategy at the start-up stage, and we are no exception. We are better equipped, more focused and more dynamic than ever before.”
She also noted that the company recently hired actress and producer Tracy Ryerson as head of scripted content.
Meanwhile, Netflix reps highlighted the fact that Harry + Meghan is their biggest documentary debut yet, insisting they value their partnership with Archerwell.
“We continue to work together on a number of projects,” the spokesperson added.