At the Freeform Summit in Los Angeles, the network announced two new series—a period-drama titled Cleopatra and a sci-fi series titled Augs.
The first series will follow one of the most beloved rulers in Egyptian history, Cleopatra will come to life in Freeform’s first-ever period drama. After being exiled as a young woman, Cleopatra decides to stand up against the patriarchy and fight back for her freedom and rightful place as heir.
This tale will follow her rise and transition to becoming not only the first, last, and only female Pharaoh, but also the world’s most powerful person all while engaging in a classic love triangle that changed the map of the world forever.
Cleopatra is produced by ABC Signature Studios and executive produced by Michael Sietzman (Quantico), Christina Davis, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Daniel McDermott and Mike Weiss.
Next up is Augs, an hour-long sci-fi drama. Created and directed by Scott Stewart (Blumhouse’s Dark Skies), Augs is set in the all-to-near future when society is divided into two classes: Augs, the privileged who can afford the latest technological-biological enhancements that provide an always-connected augmented reality view of the world; and Norms, the disenfranchised rest who’ve become a nearly invisible underclass.
Set in the moneyed, suburban enclave of Cambio Point, Augs follows Gennifer Wells, an ambitious and popular Aug girl, who falls in love with Bodhi Bright, the mysterious new guy in town. The only problem is he’s a Norm, and this causes her friends and family to turn against her. As she realises being enhanced isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Gennifer is forced to make a choice between the privileged augmented world she knows and the strange boy she loves, who prefers to see things through his “unenhanced” eyes. But her choice will not be easy, as forces on both sides conspire to keep them apart. Stewart and Anonymous Content’s Jeff Okin will produce.