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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
PoldarkSeason 3 comes stateside with more Cornish, shirtless shenanigans.Howard BurdenOctober 1, 2017, on PBS
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 RobbinsOctober 2, 2017 on Ovation
Goodbye Christopher Robin"A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories."Odile Dicks-MireauxOctober 13, 2017
Professor Marston & the Wonder WomenDetails the unconventional life and polyamorous relationships of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941.Donna MaloneyOctober 13, 2017
The Durrells in CorfuThe 1930s British-family-goes-to-Greece drama gets a second season.Charlotte HoldichOctober 15, 2017, on PBS
The Jade PendantA tragic love story set against the lynching of 18 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles in 1871.Jacqueline NewellNovember 2, 2017
Alias GraceMiniseries about a housemaid accused of murdering her employer in 1843. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel.November 3, 2017, on Netflix
Murder on the Orient ExpressKenneth Branagh directs and stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this version of the Agatha Christie mystery.Alexandra ByrneNovember 10, 2017
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 November 22, 2017
Darkest HourGary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in this World War II film.Jacqueline DurranNovember 22, 2017
The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselA housewife in the early 1960s decides to become a stand-up comic.Donna ZakowskaNovember 29, 2017, on Amazon
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
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
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
HarrietA biopic about Harriet Tubman, directed by Seith Mann.2017
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
The Mad Whale"Inmates at a women's mental asylum stage a theatrical production of Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick.'"Jill Paz2017
QueensTV series - "The story of two powerful women, fighting each other in a man's world: Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots."Paula Ventura2017
Radium GirlsBased on the women who were poisoned by working in radium factories in the 1920s.Sylvia Grieser2017
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 Collie2017
The Young Karl MarxThe early years of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Jenny Marx, between Paris, Brussels, and London.Paule Mangenot2017
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.Premiered in the U.K. August 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
WinchesterHelen Mirren stars as Sarah Winchester, the 19th-c. gun heiress who built the supposedly haunted Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.February 2, 2018
Mary MagdaleneBiblical epic film starring Rooney Mara.Jacqueline DurranMarch 30, 2018
Robin Hood"A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story."Julian DaySeptember 21, 2018
The Sword in the StoneA live-action remake of the Disney film.October 19, 2018
Mary Queen of ScotsFilm biopic of the Scottish queen starring Saoirse Ronan.Alexandra ByrneNovember 2, 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
Aspern PapersAdaptation of a Henry James novel, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.2018
Babylon BerlinTV series set in the 1920s underworld of Germany's Weimar Republic.Pierre-Yves Gayraud2018 on Netflix
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.2018 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
The FavouriteQueen Anne of England, Sarah Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Abigail Masham (played by Emma Stone).Sandy Powell2018
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
Howards EndTV miniseries adaption of the E.M. Forster novel set in the 1910s.2018 on Starz
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
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
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
Vanity FairThe latest TV adaptation of the Thackeray novel.2018 on Amazon
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
Flying HorseA biopic of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge, following the courtship and love affair between Muybridge's wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns.
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 Marquis"The doomed and passionate relationship between the Marquis de Montespan and his wife Athénaïs, who became mistress to Louis XIV."
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."
TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien, a lovelorn soldier on his return from the Great War, creates the fantasy series "The Lord of the Rings."Colleen Kelsall
Vita and VirginiaThe love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.
VivaldiAntonio Vivaldi's early life, when the young priest became the music teacher at a school for the daughters of Venice's courtesans.