Hallmark Channel doing a William-and-Kate movie too
Hallmark Channel says it will produce a movie based on the soon-to-be British royal newlyweds. "William & Kate: A Royal Love Story" is set to premiere Aug. 13.
Hallmark's movie will have to settle for being second on the air, though. Lifetime announced last month that it's making a movie called "William & Kate," which it plans to air before the April 29 wedding.
TV-movie veteran Linda Yellen -- who wrote and produced a 1982 movie called "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana" for CBS -- is performing the same duties on Hallmark's movie. One advantage it may have by not airing until after the wedding is that it can re-create the ceremony.
"A Royal Love Story" "chronicles the pair as young students at St. Andrews, William's Army training at Sandhurst Military Academy, their break-up, reunification, engagement and planning of royal nuptials, and advice from William's grandmother, the Queen," says Barbara Fisher, Hallmark's head of original programming. "While biographical, the film is a love story with an inside look at the nuances of a modern monarchy."
There's no word on casting yet.