Lifetime is getting in the William Shakespeare business. The network has ordered a pilot for a modern-day adaptation of the bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The anthology series, titled A Midsummer’s Nightmare, sees a summer getaway turn dark. The psychological thriller will follow a young group as they head to the woods in search of romance, but instead find themselves stranded and facing off against terrifying forces and their darkest secrets.
“We’re really taking big swings at Lifetime and developing content that redefines what it means to be a Lifetime show,” said Liz Gateley, Lifetime’s executive vice president and head of programming. “A Midsummer’s Nightmare is unlike anything Lifetime has ever done before.”
This isn’t the only work of Shakespeare being developed for television, as ABC’s upcoming series Still-Star Crossed is a sequel to Romeo and Juliet.