Audrey Hepburn to be subject of new TV drama series (EXCLUSIVE)

A TV drama series about the life of Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn is being developed by Wildside, the expanding Italian production company behind “The Young Pope” and “My Brilliant Friend,” with plans to start shooting in 2020.

The Oscar-winning actress was one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces of the 20th century and was celebrated for her charm and elegance in such films as “Sabrina,” “Roman Holiday,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “My Fair Lady.” But her life has not yet been portrayed in a high-end skein for the global marketplace.

Wildside, which is owned by global production and distribution giant Fremantle, has announced that its still-untitled English-language show will be based on a treatment co-written by Luca Dotti, Hepburn’s son, and Italian journalist and writer Luigi Spinola. Dotti’s father was Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, whom Hepburn married in 1970 and divorced 10 years later.

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UNSPECIFIED - AUGUST 20: Audrey Hepburn And William Holden During A Movie Scene. August 20Th 1962 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
1954: William Holden (1918 - 1981) belatedly discovers the charms of chauffeur's daughter Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) in 'Sabrina', directed by Billy Wilder. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
Hepburn, Audrey - Actress, Netherlands / Great Britain - (*04.05.1929-20.01.1993+) Scene from the movie 'Sabrina'' - with William Holden Directed by: Billy Wilder USA 1954 Produced by: Paramount Pictures Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by Tele-Winkler/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
William Holden (1918 - 1981), as Richard Benson/Rick, and Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) as Gabrielle Simpson/Gaby, in 'Paris When It Sizzles', directed by Richard Quine, 1964. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
October 1953: American actor William Holden (1918-1981) and Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) smile while facing each other during a meal on the set of director Billy Wilder's film, 'Sabrina'. Holden wears a light-colored blazer and tie. Hepburn wears a white tuxedo blouse and hoop earrings. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Headshot of Belgian born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) as a teenager with her mother, Dutch baroness Ella Van Heemstra, 1946. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
28th June 1949: Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) with the cast of 'Sauce Tartare' at the Cambridge Theatre. (Left to right) Aud Johannsen, Enid Smeeden and Audrey Hepburn, sitting cool on a large block of ice. (Photo by Ron Case/Keystone/Getty Images)
Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) at the El Morocco in New York with her fiance, British industrialist James Hanson, 1st December 1951. The two never in fact married. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of Belgian-born American actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) as she sits by a stone wall, early 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of Belgian-born American actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) as she wears a peculiar hat and sleeveless blouse and holds a pool cleaning net beside a dry swimming pool, early 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of Belgian-born American actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) as she wears a strapless gown and holds white kid-gloved hands up to her chin, early 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actor Mel Ferrer (1917 - 2008) buttons up his coat around his wife, actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), on a country road outside Paris, 1956. (Photo by Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actor Mel Ferrer (1917 - 2008) buttons up his coat around his wife, actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), on a country road outside Paris, 1956. (Photo by Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
An archive photo taken on April 24, 1990 in Amsterdam shows British actress Audrey Hepburn. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE/AFP/Getty Images)
25th August 1956: British / Dutch actress Audrey Hepburn (Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston 1929 - 1993), embracing French singer and actor Maurice Chevalier (1888 - 1972) in Paris, during filming of 'Love In The Afternoon'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Portrait of Belgian-born American actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) poses with her chin on her hand, early 1960s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Film actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) on a film set with her pet poodle, circa 1960. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1953: Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) wears a tiara in a headshot still from director William Wyler's film 'Roman Holiday'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of Belgian-born American actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) as she looks to the side, 1953. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images)
Full-length promotional portrait of Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) reclining in a black pantsuit for the film, 'Sabrina,' directed by Billy Wilder, 1954. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images)
European actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) stars in the romantic comedy 'Roman Holiday', 1953. She plays a young princess who must choose between her duty to her country and her love for a handsome reporter. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 14: Photo of Audrey Hepburn Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: September 14, 1953, California, Westwood, Audrey Hepburn, attending the movie benefit premiere of Roman Holiday. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
British actress Audrey Hepburn poses with her oscar of best actress for the film 'Roman Holiday'on March 25, 1954 during the 26th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE/AFP/Getty Images)
Mel Ferrer and Audrey Hepburn smiling in a scene from the film 'War And Peace', 1955. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
Left to right: Hollywood costume designer Edith Head (1897 - 1981), American actor Mel Ferrer (1917 - 2008) and his wife, Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), blowing out the candle on Head's birthday cake at a Don Hartman party for Ferrer and Hepburn at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, California, circa 1955. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Circa 1955, Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) wearing a mesh hat with rhinestones, 1950s. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), British actress, wearing a strapless white dress, and Gary Cooper (1901-1961), wearing a black dinner jacket, white shirt with wing-top collars and a white bow tie as they pose on a sofa in a studio portrait issued as publicity for the film, 'Love in the Afternoon', 1957. The comedy, directed by Billy Wilder (1906-2002), starred Hepburn as 'Ariane Chavasse', and Cooper as 'Frank Flannagan'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
PRODUCERS' SHOWCASE -- 'Mayerling' Episode 7 -- Aired 02/24/1957 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mel Ferrer as Crown Prince Rudolph, Audrey Hepburn as Marie Vetsera (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1958: Actress Audrey Hepburn attends an event in circa 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Dotti and Spinola co-authored the 2015 bestseller “Audrey at Home,” a part-biography, part-cookbook combining anecdotes, excerpts from Hepburn’s correspondence, her recipes and unpublished family photographs. Their research has now gone deeper, in particular when it comes to Hepburn’s “formative years,” which the series will explore, according to a statement from Wildside. Fuller details of the project have not been disclosed.

Hepburn revolutionized movie glamour with inspired film performances and an understated allure that brought a unique level of class and grace to Hollywood. “With her penchant for couture, she became a groundbreaking style icon in an era of sexpot starlets, melding some of the screen’s most memorable characters with her own regal charm and sophistication,” as a Variety profile put it.

Among her honors were an Oscar for “Roman Holiday,” an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She died in 1993 at 63.

The new TV project based on her life is an indication that Rome-based Wildside, which is operated by producers Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli, is stepping up the scope and ambition of its international co-productions following the success of Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope” and of Elena Ferrante adaptation “My Brilliant Friend,” both of which have sold worldwide. Sorrentino is currently shooting “The New Pope,” and a second season of “My Brilliant Friend” was announced last week.

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Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton in Funny Face.

Audrey's birthday is in two days and my Funny Face flower scene costume is complete! 💐 keep your eyes peeled for some full outfit pictures! 💕 #audreyhepburn #funnyface #1950s #audreyhepburnlookalike #friends_of_faces_and_style

Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday

Bonus picture of me wearing it! 🤗 #romanholiday #audreyhepburnlookalike #audreyhepburn #Friends_of_Faces_and_Style

Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina in Sabrina.

Coincidentally my 'Sabrina' earrings came in the mail today and I figured I had try them on properly today! 💕 they are slightly oval and not round, but I love them either way. Earrings are vintage from Etsy. #audrey #audreyhepburn #sabrina #audreyhepburnlookalike #annemariafrancine

Audrey Hepburn as Ariane in Love in the Afternoon

Audrey as Ariane in 'Love in the Afternoon' 💐 thank you @contemplatejazz for the suggestion, I hope you like it! 😉 #audreyhepburn #loveintheafternoon #ariane #1950s #vintage #audreyhepburnlookalike #ijustrealisedmyoneeyelooksweird #friends_of_faces_and_style #annemariafrancine

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind

My first Vivien Leigh recreation simply had to be Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind. 💕 #vivienleigh #gonewiththewind #vintage #scarletohara #friends_of_faces_and_style

In addition to these classic characters, Francine can pull off a great Edwardian look, as well as...

My Edwardian outfit is complete! 🌹 I'll have to wash the skirt and jacket though, they smell like barbecued meat. Also forgot to put on makeup, so... 😅 #Edwardian #ragdollcat #friends_of_faces_and_style #gibsongirl #victorian

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby

Close-up ✨ Thank you all for 19K followers, I can hardly believe it! 💕 also, tell me, for my future YouTube channel, for which looks would you like to see tutorials? 🌹 #daisybuchanan #thegreatgatsby #careymulligan #flappergirl #1920s #friends_of_faces_and_style #annemariafrancine

Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

I watched Pride & Prejudice yesterday. Can you tell? 😉🌹(I apologise for the squinty eyes, I'm a vampire and can't handle bright light.) #keiraknightley #elizabethbennet #prideandprejudice #janeausten

I wish I could run around in Bath at night, dressed like this with a candle in my hand. 😏 This is the third time I'm here and I love it more each time I visit. ✨(plus, my hotel is 200m from the Royal crescent! 😱)

Snow White. 

Don't bite the apple! 🍎 I love Snow White 💕 #snowwhite #disneyprincess #disney #snowwhitecosplay #topvintagemodel

Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer c. 1665 💕 happy Kingsday to all my fellow Dutchies! #girlwithapearlearring #vermeer #meisjemetdeparel #thistooksomuchconcealeronmyeyebrows #thebluethingisactuallyablousefromhandm #friends_of_faces_and_style #annemariafrancine

A free-wheeling flapper.

Staring right into your soul 👁 #1920s #vintage #flappergirl

A '50s schoolgirl. 

My great-grandmother made this dress for my grandma when she was 18. She always tried to recreate the latest fashion for my grandmother and her two sisters to wear. 👗 I'm 'reading' Irene's Toekomst (Irene's Future), a book that my grandma used to read when she was younger. #truevintage #truevintageootd #50s #vintage #Friends_of_Faces_and_Style

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