‘The Borgias’ Join Showtime’s Demented Dynasty

by | January 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM | Show & Tell, TV News

Jeremy Irons (Sony Pictures Classics)

Jeremy Irons (Sony Pictures Classics)

Showtime announced plans to order 10 episodes of a one-hour series called ‘The Borgias,’ based on “the world’s most notorious dynasty.”

Set in 1492 Italy, the period drama will star Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons in his first series television role as the patriarch of the powerful Borgia family, who reigned during the Italian Renaissance.

According to Showtime:

“The series begins as the family’s patriarch Rodrigo (Irons) becomes Pope, propelling him, his two Machiavellian sons Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance. And all that power and influence eventually leads to their demise. As Machiavelli once said about his friends, the Borgias, ‘Politics have no relation to morals.’”

Film director Neil Jordan (‘The Crying Game,’ ‘The End of the Affair’) will create and executive produce the project, as well as direct the first two episodes. Michael Hirst (‘The Tudors’) will serve as writer and executive producer.

Production begins this spring, with a debut targeted for early 2011 … just in time to fill the void left by the departing historical drama, ‘The Tudors.’