Warning: Though The Crown is a historical account of the life of Queen Elizabeth, this article may include spoilers.
The new series by Netflix, The Crown, is a resounding success, but like all good shows which are offered a season at a time, fans are yearning for more. But luckily, the creator of The Crown, Peter Morgan, has season two in the works, and he has promised more to come in telling the tale of the Windsors.
Plans for the rest of the series have been leaking out, including the idea that Claire Foy and Matt Smith will not return for season three of The Crown, says the Inquisitr. It does make sense to some degree that as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip age, the youthful Foy and Smith will find it hard to adapt in a believable manner.
The first part of The Crown focuses on the events that lead to Princess Elizabeth becoming Queen Elizabeth, and the human face of the crown as a young woman with a family waking up one morning to bear the weight of the monarchy. The Hollywood Reporter got the opportunity to sit down with Peter Morgan to discuss the nuanced tale of Elizabeth Rex.
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One of the things that Morgan had to address was the differing levels of knowledge that each viewer has when they come to The Crown, as some are learning the modern history of Queen Elizabeth’s monarchy for the first time. Many people got their first dose of the era prior to where The Crown starts by watching Colin Firth play Elizabeth’s father, King George IV, or Bertie, as his family called him in The King’s Speech. Other knew the story of his brother, who abdicated for American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson, but Morgan said he just used his judgment in deciding what to emphasize.
“I think I have to trust my own instincts and I have to think to myself, ‘If I don’t know it then I think we can pretty much assume that other people won’t know it on this particular field.’ If it interests me, I also sort of think, ‘Well, gosh, if it interests me then I’m going to hope that it interests others.'”
Though Netflix has shared that the plan for The Crown is to tell the full story of the reign of Queen Elizabeth in six seasons, Morgan admits that in terms of writing, he can’t think beyond season two at this time.
“I’ve got to be honest with you. I cannot think beyond season two and I’m not going to think beyond season two. Of course by virtue of the fact that we continue to have Prime Ministers and the Queen has continued to stay alive and on the throne, there is a possibility of further material.”
But Peter Morgan has done an incredible job at choosing what to focus on, and to give extra time, like the Graham Sutherland/Winston Churchill episode, the romantic trials and tribulations of Princess Margaret, and the arc with the pea soup weather that led to the accidental deaths of over one thousand citizens.
But Morgan decided early on that some things needed to wait for the follow-up seasons, like the Suez Canal storyline. Originally, he believed that The Crown would only be three parts, but in doing it right, and giving certain events the proper emphasis with the benefit of knowing the full history, Morgan decided that he would need double the initial amount of episodes.
“I think quite early on I knew. I thought I’d take it up to that point. Initially, I thought this would only be three seasons. It would be one season of her as the Young Queen, one season of her as the Middle-Aged Queen, one season of her as an Old Queen. It’s only in the writing of it that I said, ‘Oh, my God I need more time.’ The truth of the matter is, I could’ve written three or even four seasons of her as the Young Queen. I did get to the point where I thought, ‘Actually no, let’s leave it on the knife’s edge of Suez because Suez feels like a changing point for the country. Britain was never the same again after Suez.’ Therefore, I was going to deal with that at the beginning of season two.”
Fans of The Crown are in for a long haul, as the series will likely take six years to create, and then they have to watch the full series. Season two of The Crown started shooting last month.
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