It's official: ReelzChannel is developing "After Camelot" as a sequel to "The Kennedys."
“With 'The Kennedys' miniseries we saw tremendous response to powerful storytelling along with an intense interest in this remarkable family. In his book, J. Randy Taraborrelli tells the incredible true story of the Kennedys from 1968 to today,” Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of ReelzChannel, said in a statement. “The Kennedy family is truly a part of the fabric of America and we’re thrilled to once again work with our partners at Muse Entertainment Enterprises to bring our viewers this fascinating and continuing story."
Reelz has acquired the rights to J. Randy Taraborrelli's "After Camelot," a book tracing the Kennedy family from 1968 to present day. Reelz is partnering with original "Kennedys" co-producer Muse Entertainment Enterprises to produce the new miniseries.
“The Kennedy family continued to make an indelible mark on the life of America and the world after Robert Kennedy’s assassination, including universal healthcare and the creation of the Special Olympics,” Michael Prupas, president and CEO of Muse Entertainment Enterprises, said in a statement. “We are privileged to collaborate with Reelz, with J. Randy Taraborrelli and with Keri Selig to bring 'After Camelot' to television audiences.”
"The Kennedys" ended up on Reelz in 2011 after History Channel dropped the miniseries amid a flurry of controversy. The project starred Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper.
"Upon completion of the production of 'The Kennedys,' History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries," a rep for The History Channel said in a statement in January 2011. "After viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded that although the film is produced and acted with the highest quality auspices, the dramatic license the series takes is not suitable for the History brand."
No word yet on casting or production from Reelz.