MIPCOM: CanalPlus' 'Versailles' Gets Second Season

Courtesy of CanalPlus

The first season of the English-language, French-history drama is set to premiere in November.

Louis XIV will reign for another year, after the second season of CanalPlus' Versailles was given the greenlight during MIPCOM.

The English-language, French-history drama from co-producers CanalPlus, Capa Drama, Zodiak Fiction and Incendo, is headed up by showrunners David Wolstencroft (MI-5) and Simon Mirren (Criminal Minds), with a stable of writers including Andrew Bampfield (D-Day 6.6.1944), Audrey Fouche (The Returned) Jamie Brittain (Skins) and Tim Loane (Teachers).

The first season is set to debut on France’s pay TV channel CanalPlus, on Super Channel and Bell Media in Canada, and on Movistar in Spain in November. It will air on BBC2 in the U.K. in early 2016.

Versailles is the next step in the international co-production strategy we are now pursuing with our partners,” said CanalPlus’ head of French drama and co-productions Fabrice de la Patelliere.

Versailles is an international co-production that is an event in all respects. The audacity of the series has paid off. In telling the story of Louis XIV who, with Versailles, was the first to create an international brand, the series is a compelling property that has succeeded in winning over the most demanding broadcasters. It is a source of immense satisfaction for Zodiak to continue this adventure with our partners,” added Zodiak Media France CEO Gaspard de Chavagnac.

The second season will follow four years after the time period covered by the first season, as Louis XIV deals with machinations of power inside the court. The 10-episode series will go into production in early 2016.