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Creators of Beloved 1980s Prime-Time Soap Readying Big-Screen Remake

Jan 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An iconic 1980s prime-time soap opera will soon be coming back as a feature film. Richard and Esther Shapiro, who created the original TV show “Dynasty,” announced that they have a “Dynasty” film in the works.

“The time is right,” said Esther Shapiro, who co-created the series with her husband, Richard. “We want to go back to the beginning with these characters and use the film to trace their roots. We’re taking Blake Carrington back to his young manhood and when he met Alexis, and setting the movie in the ‘Mad Men’ era of the 1960s. It will give us the opportunity to start fresh, without the constraints that television placed on our characters in the series.”

Richard Shapiro also pointed to the limitations the show faced as a product of 1980s television, and the relative freedom that can be found today on the big screen. “In a way, these characters were prisoners in television,” he said. “We were always constrained by the smaller budget of a TV series, and all the standards and practices that governed the content of the show. In the movie, if we want to have some James Bond-style action, we can afford to do that. If we want to have a steamy love scene, we can do that. If we want to go a few steps beyond what they would allow on 1980s TV, we can move ahead those few steps, and then some.”

The Shapiros are currently working on the script for the film, which is expected to be shot during the next year.

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