Netflix ordered The Decamerona new period drama soap opera series, set in 14e century Italy during the Black Death.
Based on the short story collection of the same name by Italian writer and poet Giovanni Boccaccio, the eight-part series is created by Kathleen Jordan (Teenage Bounty Hunters, American Princess), who will serve as showrunner and executive produce by Jenji Kohan (Glow, Orange Is The New Black), who is under an overall contract with the streamer.
Blake McCormick and Tara Herrmann will also serve as executive producers for Tilted Productions, alongside Mike Uppendahl (Ratched, American crime story), who will lead.
The Decameron “aims to examine themes of class systems, power struggles and pandemic survival with a light touch, brought together by a charming and riotous cast of characters,” Netflix said.
Set in Florence in 1348, as the Black Death hits hard, a handful of nobles are invited to retire with their servants to a grand villa in the Italian countryside and wait out the plague with a lavish vacation. But as social rules thin, what begins as a wine-soaked sex adventure in the hills of Tuscany turns into an all-out scramble for survival.
“Kathleen Jordan is the real fucking deal. I’m so excited and grateful to be able to work with her and together we can make this awesome, funny, timely and weird show for Netflix,” Kohan said.
Jordan added: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to work with Jenji, Tara, Blake and Netflix again. I can’t wait for people to meet this group of ridiculous characters. I’m sure Giovanni Boccaccio would be…confused?