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Edith Wharton’s final novel, the unfinished “The Buccaneers” begun in the 1930s, is to become an Apple TV+ series, starring Kristine Froseth and Alisha Boe.
Although Wharton had not finished the novel when she died in 1937, she did leave a detailed outline. Now series creator Katherine Jakeways, best known for “Tracey Ullman’s Show” and “Where This Service Will Terminate,” has written an eight-episode dramatization.
“Girls with money, men with power,” says Apple’s description of the show in its announcement. “New money, old secrets.”
“A group of fun-loving young American girls explode into the tightly corseted London season of the 1870s,” continues Apple, “kicking off an Anglo-American culture clash as the land of the stiff upper lip is infiltrated by a refreshing disregard for centuries of tradition.”
“Sent to secure husbands and titles, the buccaneers’ hearts are set on much more than that,” Apple concludes, “and saying ‘I do’ is just the beginning…”
The series is currently in production in Scotland and is being made for Apple by The Forge Entertainment. Beth Willis from “Doctor Who” and “Ashes to Ashes” is executive producing alongside Jakeways and director Susanna White.
“The Buccaneers” stars Kristine Froseth, Alisha Boe, Josie Totah, Aubri Ibrag, Imogen Waterhouse, and Mia Thrapleton. No streaming date has been announced yet.