The hills are still alive with the sound of music.
The von Trapp family of ‘Sound of Music’ fame are developing a dramatic television series about their lives, following the iconic film touted as ‘The Crown’ meets ‘This is Us’. increase.
A scripted drama called ‘The Baroness’ is being developed by Miles von Trapp Derbyshire, great-grandson of Georg von Trapp.
Miles is the New York-based grandson of George’s eldest son Rupert, who was actually portrayed as Liesl in the beloved 1966 Oscar-winning film.
Miles, 38, told Page 6:
Miles continues. There are many more stories to be told. What happened after my family crossed that mountain, and we’ve been keeping our story ever since…everybody did something with the “Sound of Music” post It is the first time.
“My family is very quiet. We grew up living in a bubble…but now we’re going to speak up and share our stories.”
Miles says the period drama will be worlds away from the musicals and films produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Instead, it centers around the family of Baroness Henriette von Trapp, her grandmother who married Rupert, the eldest son of Georg von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer in the Oscar-winning film.
At 22, Henriette contracted polio and was confined to a wheelchair, but was still able to raise six children. One of them was her Myles’ mother, Stephanie.
The show is set in the early 1940s, after the singing family fled Europe and bought a farm in Stowe, Vermont, which became a guest house called the Trapp Family Lodge.
Matriarch Maria von Trapp, famously played by Julie Andrews in the film, appears as a character in the show, but her portrayal is dramatically different. The family claims that Maria was a very loving but strong-tempered woman and a powerful driving force to keep her family going.
Miles explains: She will definitely be a character in the story, but the focus will be on my grandmother and my mother. “
The series will also feature the battle over the Trapp family’s lodge after Maria’s death in 1987. of luxury Austrian-style resorts and lodges, and the profits therefrom.
It was first brought to trial in 1996, when Johannes, president of the business and the youngest of the von Trapp children, sisters Maria and Rosmarie, and brother Werner, were the youngest son Eleonore and nephew George (eldest son Rupert). ), and 15 grandchildren.
Johannes and his side acquired another group for $2.56 million in 1995 when they reorganized the lodge. But shortly after Eleonore and their other group claimed their stock was worth nearly double that.
In 1999, the feud was settled when the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that Johannes and his side had to pay rival factions about $3 million.
Johannes and son Sam von Trapp still run the rebuilt and expanded lodge and brewery after a devastating fire in 1980 killed one guest and destroyed most of Maria’s property. I run it.
Miles added that the show, which has been in development since 2017, will continue to incorporate elements of hope and family unity from the original film, adding, “The Baroness will bring hope and comfort. wants to come back to your living room and give you a big hug and remind you that everything will be fine.
The family has worked with head writer Rebecca Eskreis, known for ‘What Breaks The Ice’, and Jaclyn Alexis, ‘Revenge’ and ‘Modern Family’.
Miles claims, “Only Meryl Streep can play my grandmother,” but Esclays added of the casting: A star now.
Esklys continues of Von Traps: They’ve been through the ups and downs we’ve all gone through in life.
“And just as their family inspired them through film and, of course, through theater, I think this story will be equally inspiring and relatable to their families.”
However, when asked if the series could ever become a movie-like musical, Miles joked, “Oh my God.”