Coyne Confirms “Slings & Arrows” Prequel

Slings & Arrows” costar, writer and creator Susan Coyne confirmed to The Chronicle Herald that the prequel of the series in in development, as we reported earlier this year. Coyne confirms they have written 3 scripts and that they are hoping to bring back actors from the original show.

Canadian writer-actress Susan Coyne loves a good behind-the-scenes story.

She’s been a writer on the acclaimed comedy series “Mozart in the Jungle,” which gives a fictional peek behind the curtain of a New York symphony, and she co-created and co-starred in the hit Canadian show “Slings & Arrows,” about the comical backstage life at a Canadian Shakespearean theatre festival.

Coyne says she’s now working on a prequel to “Slings & Arrows,” which ran from 2003 to 2006, along with original co-creators Bob Martin and Mark McKinney. They’ve written three scripts, arced out the whole series and hope to bring back actors from the original show, which featured Paul Gross, Martha Burns and Rachel McAdams.

“The CBC has expressed interest and we’re actually out to a director at the moment,” Toronto-based Coyne said recently by phone.

“It’s very much in the style of ‘Slings and Arrows’ but it takes you back to the origin of the festival itself.”

Given that they are aiming for a prequel, we are not sure there is room to bring Rachel’s character back since she plays an apprentice in the original series but we are hoping there is room for at least a cameo. We will keep you posted on the development of the prequel.


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