Judith Light (The Politician) and Noah Wyle (Falling Skies) will star in and executive produce the limited drama series Shadows in the Vineyard. Inspiration for the project came from Maximillian Potter’s bestselling book, Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine. The series will be developed by District 33 and Landmark Studio Group, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, according to Deadline.
The series will be written by John Newman (Get Shorty), Peter Cambor (Suits) and Potter. The backdrop for the series is the French countryside. It is based on the true story of how the most expensive wine in the world—Romanée-Conti—came under fire in a poison and extortion scheme in Burgundy, France.
With Potter’s work on the series, he explained the project is more than a crime story. It’s about love. “I went to Burgundy not knowing or caring a thing about wine; I went to report on a crime, but I fell in love with Burgundy. When I was losing faith in the world and my fellow man, burned out by the ugliness I had been covering as a journalist, Burgundy came out of nowhere and restored my faith in life, in humanity. The world needs to know a place and a people like Burgundy exists as it gives us all hope and something to aspire to. Maybe now more than ever,” via Deadline.
Alongside Potter, Newman, Light, Wyle and Cambor, executive producers include Sam Widdoes (BlackBalled) from District 33, Christopher Cole (About Us), David Ozer (Wynonna Earp) and Tim Rouhana (One Last Thing). Ozer and Rouhana will both represent Landmark respectively. The limited series is expected to begin European production in the first part of 2021.