More than 30 years after its creation, Dynasty, the iconic nighttime soap opera still resonates with audiences, so show creators Richard and Esther Shapiro are creating a new film franchise inspired by the series.
"The time is right," said Esther Shapiro, co-creator of the series with her husband Richard. "Nostalgia has always been big, but we want to take it a step further. 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."
"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 script for the movie, which does not have a release date set, is currently being written by the Shapiro's, with the intention of it being shot sometime over the next year.