Lionsgate+ Renews The Serpent Queen for Second Season


Lionsgate+ has renewed its Catherine de Medici series The Serpent Queen for a second season ahead of the season one finale on October 30.

Starring Samantha Morton, the historical drama puts a contemporary spin on the story of de Medici, who, against all odds, became one of the most powerful and longest-serving rulers in French history.

The Serpent Queen is based on the book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen by Leonie Frieda and is from writer and executive producer Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, Red Sparrow, The Lone Ranger). It is executive produced by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) and Erwin Stoff (The Matrix, 13 Hours, Edge of Tomorrow). Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment produce.

The Serpent Queen is distinctly modern, darkly comedic and completely unexpected,” said Kathryn Busby, president of original programming at STARZ. “Catherine de Medici’s story is the perfect complement to our female-forward slate, and Samantha Morton’s brilliant portrayal of this ruthless, charming and savvy queen anchors the whole production. We’re thrilled to unveil more of her incredible life and reign in season two, which promises to be even more provocative and sublime.”