When you think of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, what words come to mind? Quirky? Outrageous? Hilarious? How about scary? I didn’t think so… but a psychological thriller spin-off of Shakespeare’s play is coming to Lifetime, as reported by Variety. Those familiar with Lifetime know that the network is famous (perhaps infamous) for melodramatic, absurd, but ever-so-addicting movies and TV series, such as ‘Sexting in Suburbia’. According to Liz Gateley, the vice president and head of programming for Lifetime, the network is working on changing things up a bit.
“We’re really taking big swings at Lifetime and developing content that redefines what it means to be a Lifetime show. A Midsummer’s Nightmare is unlike anything Lifetime has ever done before,” says Gateley. The hour-long anthology series is the second project Lifetime will do with A+E Studios. The first, UnReal, a fictional look at what happens behind-the-scenes of a ‘reality’ dating show, is a critical success and received 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not bad!
According to Lifetime, A Midsummer’s Nightmare will be told from the point of view of Elena, “a young woman reluctantly drawn into a summer getaway-turned-nightmare.” Like the original, the thriller will feature four young lovers “who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their romantic desires,” however “their plans are quickly thwarted when terrifying forces in the deep woods target the stranded group, using their own fantasies and darkest secrets against them.” Perhaps Puck will be a truly dark and menacing character in these woods!
In conjunction with A+E Studios, Royal Pains producer Jeff Kwatinetz and Salem’s Josh Barry will serve as executive producers of A Midsummer’s Nightmare.
Featured image courtesy of BBC America.