‘Bridgerton’ Prequel Novel by Shonda Rhimes, Julia Quinn Greenlit

The “Bridgerton” literary universe expands. Original series writer Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of the Netflix adaptation of the romantic series, are set to co-write a new prequel novel set in the world of “Bridgerton.”

Currently untitled, the new book series is based on the TV series universe and is an adaptation of Netflix’s upcoming spin-off “Bridgerton” about a young Queen Charlotte. The book will tell the story of how Charlotte met and married King George, with a focus on how their love led to social change that created the racially inclusive world seen in the TV series.

“Queen Charlotte was such a moving character to write and now having the opportunity to work with Julia to adapt this story into a book is such an exciting opportunity,” Rhimes said in a statement. “I can’t wait for fans of this universe to read the story of a character who has touched our audience so deeply.”

The novel will be published by Avon Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins and the longtime publisher of Quinn’s “Bridgerton” novels. The release will be timed for the spin-off series to release on Netflix, which currently has no premiere date.

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