Indie Fable Pictures, the production company behind movie Stan and Ollie and the upcoming Wild Rose, has secured the TV rights to tell the definitive story of sisters Joan and Jackie Collins.
The six-hour series will be produced by Fable Pictures and distributed globally by Sony Pictures Television. Executive Producers are Caroline Harvey, Faye Ward (The Crown series 1, Suffragette, Stan & Ollie) and Hannah Farrell (Suffragette, Jane Eyre). Award-winning playwright Penelope Skinner (The Village Bike, Linda) will pen the series.
The Emmy award-winning casting director Nina Gold (The Crown, Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII & IX, Game of Thrones) is also on board to cast the series.
Dame Joan Collins said: “I am delighted that such a prestigious team wants to tell our story, and I know my sister Jackie would be as excited as I am to be involved!”
Penelope Skinner commented: “I am thrilled to be working on the fascinating story of these fabulous, iconic and powerful women. There is far more to Joan and Jackie than diamonds and shoulder pads: these are two very special sisters whose lives are both aspirational and inspirational”.
Faye Ward/ Caroline Harvey said: “This is a dream project for us. We are delighted that the Collins’ family have entrusted us with this empowering story about two exceptional sisters who challenged the status quo, set their hearts on their wildest Hollywood dreams and achieved them on their own terms”.
Playwright Penelope Skinner’s credits include the twice extended, sell out The Village Bike, which staged at both the Royal Court, London starring Romola Garai and in New York starring Greta Gerwig – winning her the George Devine award & the Evening Standard award for most Promising Playwright. In 2016, Linda starring Noma Dumezweni was staged at The Royal Court. 2018’s Angry Alan won Penelope Skinner the prestigious Scotsman Fringe Award. Her previous screen credits include Channel 4’s hit series Fresh Meat and the feature film How I Live Now.
Executive Producer Caroline Harvey was previously Head of Development at Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack’s production company, Mirage Enterprises (The Interpreter, Michael Clayton, No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Cold Mountain). She was BAFTA nominated for producing Sam Taylor-Johnson’s first narrative film, Love You More. She went on to be a creative executive at Working Title and worked alongside Sally Greene (Billy Elliot the Musical, The Old Vic Theatre.) Sally Greene will also serve as an Executive Producer.
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