Anthologies are all the rage on TV these days. Ever since American Horror Story took a notable early step toward revitalizing the miniseries format, showrunners and producers have been looking for that next hit single-season story, from American Crime to Black Mirror and onward. Now, Lifetime is plumbing one of popular culture’s most canonical sources for anthology material: the work of William Shakespeare. And the show now has its seeming lead, or at least one of them.
Lifetime (they of the iconic Drew Peterson biopic Untouchable, among other recent works) announced today that Courtney Love will star in the upcoming pilot for A Midsummer’s Nightmare, which as you might have surmised will be a revisionist take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The premise, from Variety:
“The potential series introduces four young lovers who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their romantic desires, but their plans are quickly thwarted when terrifying forces target the stranded group, using their own fantasies and darkest secrets against them. Love plays a mysterious woman in the woods who is part of the sinister forces that turn the lovers’ dream getaway into a nightmare.”
Production just started earlier this week, so details on Love’s role are scarce thus far, though it’s said to be a notable part. In any case, this is just the latest in Love’s recent dalliances with TV; she’s had recurrent roles on Revenge, Empire, and Sons of Anarchy in recent years. And if Lifetime’s track record is any indication, this could be the kind of role that gets plenty of attention one way or another.