Taylor Swift Could Be Creating Her Own TV Show With A Succession Writer

By Ellie Smith

12 months ago

Have we reached peak 2023?


Two of the hottest topics of the year so far have been Taylor Swift and Succession. So, unsurprisingly, a story that combines the two has piqued the interest of Swifties and Roy family obsessives the world over. 

Taylor Swift Could Be Creating Her Own TV Show With A Succession Writer

The whispers are this: that Taylor is ‘in talks’ with one of the screenwriters from HBO series Succession, Alice Birch, about a new TV show. While nothing has been confirmed by either party, it’s thought that Taylor and Alice have had a meeting to discuss a potential new ‘meta-feminist’ programme – one which takes inspiration from previous relationships. As all fans know, some of Taylor’s biggest hits draw on heartbreaks from ex-boyfriends (John Mayer, we’re looking at you).

 

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A source told The Sun: ‘Alice is an ideal writing partner as she helped shape Succession character Shiv Roy. Seeing how she moulded this character, who existed in a male-dominated environment, caught Taylor’s eye.

‘They have just been throwing around ideas. Naturally, Taylor’s relationships have inspired some of her biggest songs, many of which have become empowerment anthems. This translates easily on to the screen and there are so many threads they can take from it. It is really exciting and something Taylor is looking to branch out into.’

Alongside Succession, Alice was also the screenwriter for Normal People, as well as the film Lady Macbeth. She is also an esteemed playwright, having won awards for works such as Anatomy of a Suicide.

Rob Yang and Kieran Culkin in Season 1 of Succession

Rob Yang and Kieran Culkin in Season 1 of Succession (Peter Kramer/HBO)

Taylor hasn’t commented on the rumours, but she has shown interest in the film industry in the past. Many of her music videos are presented in a storytelling fashion – most famously, All Too Well: The Short Film, for which she won a Grammy award. She has also been in front of the camera herself, starring in rom-com Valentine’s Day as well as 2022 movie Amsterdam.

Speaking at the All Too Well screening at Toronto’s International Film Festival last year, Taylor said: ‘I’d love to keep taking baby steps forward. And I think that I’m at a place now where the next baby step is not a baby step. It would be committing to making a film. And I feel like I would just absolutely love for the right opportunity to arise because I just absolutely, absolutely adore telling stories this way.’ 

Not long after, it seems the right opportunity did pop up, as it was later confirmed she’s working on a feature-length film for Searchlight Pictures. Speaking about working with her, Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said: ‘Taylor is a once-in-a-generation artist and storyteller. It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey.’

Taylor is currently travelling around the US for her Eras tour, which is going international later this summer. Our question is: how will she have time to fit everything in?

Watch this space…

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