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The Lifetime network is planning a horror anthology series based on Shakespeare plays.

A+E Studios is developing A Midsummer’s Nightmare, which will borrow characters and plotlines from Bard dramas and turn them into season-long “contemporary horror mysteries,” according to Variety.

The series would kick off on a date TBA with a plot drawn from A Midsummer Night's Dream, written by Anthony Jaswinski. It’s described thus: “Two young lovers on a getaway in the woods...wind up in a struggle to survive as friends arrive to lure them home.”

Each season would be developed from a different play. No other plays were listed, though many of the Bard's works, notably Macbeth and Titus Andronicus, have strong horror elements.

TV has been rediscovering Shakespeare of late. ABC-TV is planning Still Star-Crossed, a series based on the continuing feud between the Montagues and the Capulets after Romeo and Juliet's deaths.

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