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Historical Costume Movies/TV in the Works

Costume movies and TV series premiering soon or in production that we’ve heard about. Yes, the dates are U.S.-centric, that’s how we roll.
TitleDescriptionCostume DesignerU.S. Release Date
KnightfallTV series about the final days of Knights Templar during the 14th century.Diana CilliersDecember 6, 2017, on the History Channel
The CrownThe second season of this TV series takes Queen Elizabeth II's reign into the 1960s.Michele ClaptonDecember 8, 2017, on Netflix
Gunpowder3-part TV miniseries about Guy Fawkes and his plot to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in the early 17th century.Liza BraceyDecember 18, 2017, on HBO
Drawing HomeBoston in the 1920s. Young debutante Catharine Robb of Concord is dating the wealthiest bachelor at the time, John D. Rockefeller III.Frank MacLeodDecember 22, 2017
The Greatest ShowmanAn original musical (currently running on Broadway) inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh JackmanEllen MirojnickDecember 25, 2017
Phantom ThreadSet in the fashion world of 1950s London, Charles James is commissioned to design for members of high society and the royal family.Mark BridgesDecember 25, 2017
JamestownTV series about English settlers in America in 1617.Lucinda WrightPremiered in the U.K. May 2017, no U.S. dates announced
QuacksBBC sitcom about doctors in the 1840s.Richard CookePremiered in the U.K. August 2017, no U.S. dates announced
VictoriaSeason 2 of the TV series chronicling Queen Victoria's early life.Rosalind Ebbutt, James KeastJanuary 14, 2018, on PBS
The AlienistCrime reporter, John Moore, meets with psychologist, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, to investigate a serial killer in New York during the 1890s.Michael KaplanJanuary 22, 2018, on TNT
Winchester: The House That Ghosts BuiltHelen Mirren stars as Sarah Winchester, the 19th-c. gun heiress who built the supposedly haunted Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.Wendy CorkFebruary 2, 2018
Mary MagdaleneBiblical epic film starring Rooney Mara.Jacqueline DurranMarch 30, 2018
Howards EndTV miniseries adaption of the E.M. Forster novel set in the 1910s.Sheena NapierApril 2018 on Starz
Silent LifeBiopic of 1920s film star Rudolph Valentino.May 6, 2018
Little WomenA two-part TV adaption of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel.May 13, 2018, on PBS
Christopher Robin"Working-class family man Christopher Robin encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life."Jenny BeavanAugust 3, 2018
Robin Hood"A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story."Julian DaySeptember 21, 2018
Mary Queen of ScotsFilm biopic of the Scottish queen starring Saoirse Ronan.Alexandra ByrneNovember 2, 2018
Holmes and WatsonA humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries with Will Ferrell as Sherlock.November 9, 2018
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2The next installment of the Harry Potter series set in 1920s America.Colleen AtwoodNovember 16, 2018
Peaky BlindersSeason 4 of the 1920s crime drama starring Cillian Murphy returns.Alison McCoshDecember 21, 2017, on Netflix
Mary Poppins ReturnsIn Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.Sandy PowellDecember 25, 2018
Aspern PapersAdaptation of a Henry James novel, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, set in
1885 Venice.
Birgit Hutter2018
Babylon BerlinTV series set in the 1920s underworld of Germany's Weimar Republic.Pierre-Yves Gayraud2018 on Netflix
Banking on Mr. ToadBiopic of writer Kenneth Grahame and the birth of his iconic story "The Wind in the Willows."2018
Britannia9-part TV series that charts the Roman invasion of what would become Great Britain in 43 A.D. and the rise of iconic female warrior Boudicca.Ann Maskrey2018 on Amazon
CaesarA chilling film adaptation of Shakespeare’s shocking tale of ambition, betrayal, murder, and the supernatural.Piero Risani2018
ColetteKeira Knightley stars as French novelist, Colette, who overcomes an abusive marriage to emerge as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.Andrea Flesch2018
The Current WarJake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch as ”Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.”Michael Wilkinson2018
ElisabethAn adaptation of the German musical about Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria. Directed by Shekar Kapur.2018
The FavouriteQueen Anne of England, Sarah Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Abigail Masham (played by Emma Stone).Sandy Powell2018
The Frankenstein Chronicles Sean Bean investigates a series of crimes in 1830s London, which may have been committed by a scientist intent on re-animating the dead.Susan Scott, Lindsay Pugh2018 on Netflix
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyA writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.Charlotte Walter2018
The Happy PrinceRupert Everett writes, directs, & stars in this Oscar Wilde biopic.Giovanni Casalnuovo, Maurizio Millenotti2018
In Like FlynnBiopic of Errol Flynn's roust-about early life in Australia, as an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. Glenn T2018
Les Miserables Non-singing BBC miniseries based on Victor Hugo's novel.2018
The Man Who Killed
Don Quixote
An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st-century London and 17th-century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.Lena Mossum2018
Mary Shelley"The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 years old Mary Wollstonecraft, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein."Caroline Koener2018
The MiniaturistA woman moves to live with her new husband in 17th Amsterdam, but soon discovers that not everything is what it seems.Joanna Eatwell2018 on PBS
Nellie BlyChristina Ricci stars in a miniseries as the 19th-century journalist who exposed mistreatment of asylum patients in New York.2018 on Lifetime
New AmsterdamA historical adventure about New York City when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam, discovered by Henry Hudson and run by the infamous Peter Stuyvesant. Famke Janssen stars.2018
Peterloo"A drama based on events surrounding the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces fired on a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.”Jacqueline Durran2018
Picnic at Hanging Rock'Three schoolgirls and their governesses mysteriously disappear on Valentines Day in 1900.' Miniseries based on the book.Edie Kurzer2018 on Amazon
The SeagullAdaption of the Chekhov play set in the 1900s, starring Elisabeth Moss and Saoirse Ronan.Ann Roth2018
TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien, a lovelorn soldier on his return from the Great War, creates the fantasy series "The Lord of the Rings."Colleen Kelsall2018
Vanity FairThe latest TV adaptation of the Thackeray novel.2018 on Amazon
Vita and VirginiaThe love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.Lorna Marie Mugan2018
Woman Walks AheadIn the 1890s, Catherine Weldon travels to paint Sitting Bull's portrait and gets involved in the Lakota struggle over land rights.Stephanie Collie2018
The Woman in WhiteA TV miniseries adaptation of Wilkie Collins' classic gothic novel.Susan Scott2018
The Voyage of Doctor DolittleRobert Downey Jr. stars as the man who can talk to animals.Jenny BeavanApril 12, 2019
The Name of the RoseTV series based on Umberto Eco's novel following a medieval monk investigating a series of murders.2019
The Beautiful and the Damned"The true story of Zelda Fitzgerald (and her famous husband F. Scott), the Jazz Age icons who lived large, soared high and crashed very hard."
Catherine the GreatBiopic to be directed by Barbra Streisand.
The Custom of the CountryEdith Wharton novel, Scarlett Johansson is attached.
The Devil in the White CityAn architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair, while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women.
East of EdenJennifer Lawrence stars in this adaptation of a Steinbeck novel.
EmperorAction epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father.Francesca Sartori
At Eternity's Gate A look at Vincent van Gogh's time in Arles.
Fanny Lye Deliver'd"Set on an isolated farm in Shropshire in 1657, the story of Fanny Lye, a woman who learns to transcend her oppressive marriage and discover a new world of possibility."Michael O'Connor
Flying HorseA biopic of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge, following the courtship and love affair between Muybridge's wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns.
HarrietA biopic about Harriet Tubman, directed by Seith Mann.
The King's Daughter”King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature.” Pierce Brosnan plays Louis.Lizzy Gardiner
The Living and the DeadSet in 1894 in Somerset, a couple who have moved into a new house but strange and dangerous paranormal goings-on start to plague them.
The Mad Whale"Inmates at a women's mental asylum stage a theatrical production of Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick.'"Jill Paz
The Marquis"The doomed and passionate relationship between the Marquis de Montespan and his wife Athénaïs, who became mistress to Louis XIV."
The MedusaSet during the turmoil of post-Napoleonic France, the story centers on an artist obsessed with the disaster of a Naval vessel named the Medusa.
MontezumaSpanish explorer Hernán Cortés wages a historic battle against the Aztec emperor, Montezuma II.
Outlaw KingScotland's King Robert the Bruce fights the British.From Netflix
RadioactiveBiopic based on the book, "Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout."
Radium GirlsBased on the women who were poisoned by working in radium factories in the 1920s.Sylvia Grieser
RooseveltA biopic about President Theodore Roosevelt.
VivaldiAntonio Vivaldi's early life, when the young priest became the music teacher at a school for the daughters of Venice's courtesans.