This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 24th September 2017

September 24, 2017

It’s time for our regular news round-up after a birthday-induced week off for Lost In Drama. I hope you’ve all had a lovely two weeks and are looking forward to a packed few months of film and TV. After all, with Victoria back on our screens and regular period dramas in the cinema, there’s plenty of entertainment on offer. Let’s see what’s going on in the industry…

Trailer unveiled for adaptation of Stephen King’s 1922 

It may feel like adaptations of Stephen King novels have taken up approximately 63% of new entertainment of the last year, but it’s not all bad when we’re getting some fantastic film and television from the writer’s boundless imagination. The latest is 1922, a Netflix horror/period drama based on King’s novella of the same name, and a trailer has just been released to give us a first look. Be warned – it’s a little gruesome, and shows lots of rats, so don’t watch if you tend to avoid those things (but there’s corn! So Stephen King).

As the trailer shows, the film follows a marital dispute that leads to vicious murder, and stars Thomas Jane and Molly Parker. 1922 comes out on Netflix on October 20th.

Elizabeth Moss to star in new period drama Call Jane

Elizabeth Moss is having quite the career at the moment. From starring in Top of the Lake season two to helming The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation as producer and lead actor, she received two Emmys for her work last week. Now, she’s been signed up to lead the cast in Call Jane, an independent period drama feature. It’s due to start filming in early 2018.

The film is set in the 1960s Chicago, and follows a group of women who worked secretly to provide safe abortions. Simon Curtis, known for his work on My Week with Marilyn and The Woman in Gold, will be taking on directorial duties.

Korean period drama The Fortress gets a new trailer

This site doesn’t really cover Korean period dramas generally, primarily due to the fact that because they’re so numerous, they’re pretty much a particular genre of their own. However, there’s some really fantastic films coming out of Korea, from Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden to The Last Princess. It’s clear that Korean filmmakers know how to recreate historical settings to perfection.

Enter The Fortress. Set in 1636, it follows the conflict between the Chinese Qing Dynasty and Korea, and the choices made by the royal court in leading the country. The trailer shows us a film rich in setting and high drama – it’s out on October 20, 2017 in the USA, but will get its premiere in the UK as the opening film of the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF).

Caitriona Balfe talks Outlander season 3 

Outlander star Caitriona Balfe has given quite a lengthy interview with The Telegraph, giving lots of behind-the-scenes detail. With season 3 dropping on Amazon Prime this week, this article is a must-read for devoted fans of the show!

Check in with us next Sunday for our next news roundup.

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Jo are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

    1. I came across your site a couple of weeks ago and worked my way back through the weekly updates etc. Thank you for putting so much effort into this site for period films.. they are my favourite and I am always pleased when I come across a site with more information about up coming period films. I appreciate the effort that must go into maintaining such a site and constanctly providing updates.

      1. Thank you for your comment, it really does mean a lot to know that people are reading and enjoying. It’s a labour of love, but it helps when you’re a devoted fan of the genre ^_^ x

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