Netflix is getting into the 14th century with a soapy twist.
The streaming service on Thursday introduced a collection order for The Decameron below Jenji Kohan’s general deal.
The soapy interval drama “aims to examine the timely themes of class systems, power struggles and survival in a time of pandemic with a touch of levity, brought together by a charming and riotous ensemble of characters,” the service teases.
“In 1348, the Black Death strikes hard in the city of Florence,” reads the official logline.
“A handful of nobles are invited to retreat with their servants to a grand villa in the Italian countryside and wait out the pestilence with a lavish holiday.”
“But as social rules wear thin, what starts as a wine-soaked sex romp in the hills of Tuscany descends into an all out scramble for survival.”
Eight episodes have been ordered for the venture, with Kathleen Jordan (Teenage Bounty Hunters) serving as Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer.
Jenji Kohan (Glow, Teenage Bounty Hunters, Orange is the New Black) serves as EP alongside Blake McCormick and Tara Herrmann for Tilted Productions.
Jenji Kohan shared in an announcement:
“Kathleen Jordan is the real freakin’ deal. I am so excited and grateful that I get to work with her and we get to make this awesome, funny, timely, weird show together for Netflix.”
Kathleen Jordan added, “I’m absolutely thrilled that I get to work with Jenji, Tara, Blake, and Netflix again.”
“I can’t wait for people to meet this ridiculous group of characters. I’m sure Giovanni Boccaccio would be… confused?”
Both Kohan and Jordan have had earlier initiatives within the works at Netflix.
Kohan’s Orange is the New Black was a defining collection for the streamer, one which helped it break by way of when streaming providers have been nonetheless of their infancy.
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