The series is based on the book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda and is from writer and executive producer Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, Red Sparrow, The Lone Ranger). The series is produced by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) and Erwin Stoff (The Matrix, 13 Hours, Edge of Tomorrow). The series is produced for Lionsgate+ by Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.
The Serpent Queen is decidedly modern, darkly comical and completely unexpected,” said Kathryn Busby, President of Original Programming at Lionsgate+ parent Starz. “Catherine De Medici’s story is the perfect addition to our slate of female attackers, and Samantha Morton’s brilliant portrayal of this ruthless, charming and shrewd queen anchors the entire production. We are thrilled to unveil more of her incredible life. and reign supreme in season two, which promises to be even more provocative and sublime.