Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Prods (The Man In The High Castle) and Lux Vide (Joseph) are teaming up to produce eight-part drama series Medici: Masters Of Florence chronicling the rise of the Medici family and the Italian Renaissance, with Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones) and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman attached to star.
Spotnitz co-created with Nicholas Meyer and executive produces with Matilde and Luca Bernabei. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (The Pillars of the Earth) directs all eight episodes. RAI will broadcast the series in Italy, with Wild Bunch TV overseeing international sales, launching at Mipcom in a few weeks. Principal photography begins this month in Rome and Florence, Italy, including historic sites where many of the actual events occurred, including Palazzo Vecchio, the Basilica di San Lorenzo, and the Duomo.
The series dramatizes the story of the family’s ascent from simple merchants to power brokers who sparked an economic and cultural revolution, in the process creating a long list of powerful enemies. Madden will play the lead, enterprising son Cosimo de’ Medici, and Hoffman is family patriarch Giovanni de’ Medici.
“The Medici came to power at a time of great social and economic inequality,” said Spotnitz. “They were great disrupters. Their banking practices led to the creation of a middle class, making them unimaginably wealthy. The Medici in turn used their vast power and resources to challenge traditional thinking, ushering in a new era of revolutionary art and science such as the world had never seen. It’s a powerful story that resonates even now.”
Madden is known for his role as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. His other credits include Cinderella, Ridley Scott’s miniseries Klondike, Sirens, Hope Springs, and feature A Promise. Among his dozens of credits, Hoffman is a two-time lead actor Oscar winner for Rain Man and Kramer vs. Kramer.