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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
Feud: Bette and JoanThe story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.March 5, 2017, on FX
UndergroundSecond season of this TV series about the Underground Railroad features Harriet Tubman.March 8, 2017, on WGN America
Beauty and the BeastLive-action version of the Disney story, starring Emma Watson.Jacqueline DurranMarch 17, 2017
To Walk Invisible: The Bronte SistersA drama about the “tragedy and passion” of the difficult lives of the Bronte family.Tom PyeMarch 26, 2017, on PBS
Harlots"Brothel owner, Margaret Wells, struggles to raise her daughters in London during the 18th century." TV series stars Jessica Brown FindlayEdward K. GibbonMarch 29, 2017, on Hulu
The Zookeeper's WifeJessica Chastain as "the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion."Bina DaigelerMarch 31, 2017
Cézanne et moiTwo of French culture’s legends, the novelist Emile Zola and post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne.Catherine LeterrierMarch 31, 2017
Home FiresFinal season of the series about British women on the homefront during WWII.Howard BurdenApril 2, 2017, on PBS
A Quiet PassionBiopic of Emily Dickinson starring Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle.Catherine MarchandApril 14, 2017
The White PrincessElizabeth of York, based on the novel by Philippa Gregory.Phoebe De GayeApril 16, 2017, on Starz
The Lost City of Z"In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned."Michael ClancyApril 21, 2017
The PromiseA love triangle set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, pre-WWI.Pierre-Yves GayraudApril 28, 2017
Voice From the StoneA Hitchcockian fairy-tale set in 1950s Tuscany, starring Emilia Clarke.Anna LombardiApril 28, 2017
Victorian SlumBBC series where 15 modern volunteers reenact lower-class life in London's East End.May 2, 2017, on PBS
King Arthur: Legend of the SwordFeature film version of the classic Sir Lancelot story.Annie SymonsMay 12, 2017
Dark AngelDownton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt stars as Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.Caroline McCallMay 21, 2017, on PBS
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCaptain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.Penny RoseMay 26, 2017
Wonder WomanWill be set during World War I!Lindy HemmingJune 2, 2017
The Exception"During the 1940 invasion of the Netherlands, a lethally dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer and a young Jewish Dutch woman with consequences that neither they nor the Kaiser himself could have foreseen."Daniela CiancioJune 2, 2017
My Cousin RachelVictorian mystery-romance based on a Daphne du Maurier novel. Dinah CollinJune 9, 2017
The BeguiledA Union soldier is held captive in a Confederate girl boarding school, and begins to con himself to each of their hearts.Stacey BattatJune 30, 2017
Lady MacbethA 19th-c. young bride is sold into marriage to a middle-aged man.Holly WaddingtonJuly 14, 2017
Tulip FeverA 17th-century romance in which an artist falls for a married young woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait. The two invest in the risky tulip market in hopes to build a future together. Starring Holliday Grainger.Michael O'ConnorAugust 25, 2017
OutlanderSeason 3 of the time-traveling series based on Diana Gabaldon's books.Terry DresbachSeptember 2017 on Starz
Victoria and AbdulQueen Victoria (Judi Dench) strikes up an an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk.Jane LawSeptember 22, 2017
Murder on the Orient ExpressKenneth Branagh directs and stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this version of the Agatha Christie mystery.Alexandra ByrneNovember 22, 2017
Darkest HourGary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in this World War II film.Jacqueline DurranNovember 24, 2017
Mary MagdaleneBiblical epic film starring Rooney Mara.Jacqueline DurranNovember 24, 2017
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 WilkinsonDecember 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
AnneTV series reboot of Anne of Green Gables.Anne Dixon2017 on Netflix
Aspern PapersAdaptation of a Henry James novel, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.2017
Britannia8-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.2017 on Amazon
Drawing HomeBoston in the 1920s. Young debutante Catharine Robb of Concord is dating the wealthiest bachelor at the time, John D. Rockefeller III.Frank MacLeod2017
The HalcyonSet in 1940, eight-part period drama The Halcyon tells the story of a “bustling and glamorous” five-star hotel at the center of London society and a world at war.Anna Robbins2017
HarrietA biopic about Harriet Tubman, directed by Seith Mann.2017
Howards EndTV miniseries adaption of the E.M. Forster novel set in the 1910s.2017 on Starz
JamestownTV series about English settlers in America in 1617.Lucinda Wright2017
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 Gardiner2017
KnightfallTV series about the final days of Knights Templar during the 14th century.Diana Cilliers2017 on the History Channel
The Mad Whale"Inmates at a women's mental asylum stage a theatrical production of Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick.'"Jill Paz2017
Mary Shelley"The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 years old Mary Wollstonecraft, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein."Caroline Koener2017
PurgatoryA broken-down sheriff is forced to join forces with an obsessed Victorian vampire hunter to defeat an undead force consuming a small frontier town in 1892 New Mexico.2017
Viceroy's House"In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs." Starring Hugh Bonneville.Keith Madden2017
Vita and VirginiaThe love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.2017
WillTV series about young Shakespeare's arrival in 1580s London -- "when theatre was like rock and roll."Kym Barrett2017 on TNT
The Young Karl MarxThe early years of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Jenny Marx, between Paris, Brussels and London.Paule Mangenot2017
Robin Hood"A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story."Julian DayMarch 23, 2018
The Sword in the StoneA live-action remake of the Disney film.October 19, 2018
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
CaesarA chilling film adaptation of Shakespeare’s shocking tale of ambition, betrayal, murder, and the supernatural.Piero Risani2018
The FavouriteQueen Anne of England, Sarah Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Abigail Masham (played by Emma Stone).Sandy Powell2018
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
The Man Who Invented ChristmasAfter a series his books have been flops, Charles Dickens decides to write and self-publish "A Christmas Carol."Leonie Prendergast 2018
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.”2018
WinchesterHelen Mirren stars as Sarah Winchester, the 19th-c. gun heiress who built the supposedly haunted Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.2018
Catherine the GreatBiopic to be directed by Barbra Streisand.
The Custom of the CountryEdith Wharton novel, Scarlett Johansson is attached.
DarktownAtlanta, 1948: the city’s first black police officers
The Devil in the White CityLeonardo DiCaprio as a 19th-century serial killer.
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
GunpowderTV miniseries about Guy Fawkes' plot to kill King James I of England.
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.
Flying HorseBiopic about Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge, starring Ralph Fiennes.
The Happy PrinceRupert Everett writes, stars, & directs this Oscar Wilde biopic.
The Marquis"The doomed and passionate relationship between the Marquis de Montespan and his wife Athénaïs, who became mistress to Louis XIV."
Swallows and AmazonsAdaptation of a 1930s children's book.Amy RobertsReleased in 2016 in the UK, will it get a US date?
Upstart CrowTV series focusing on both Shakespeare's family and professional life and include the surprising stories of where many of his ideas came from. Also featured are his wife Anne and his extended family, his servant Bottom, his friends Kate and Marlowe, his theatrical troupe, and his rival Robert Greene.Leah ArcherReleased in 2016 in the UK. Will it get a US date?