Overseen by Homicide and Oz‘s Tom Fontana, the first season of Borgia was a $30 million Euro-backed production about the infamous medieval Italian dynasty. Atlantique Productions/Lagardère Entertainment, EOS Entertainment, Beta Film and Canal Plus today announced the start of shooting on 12 new episodes in Prague and Italy. Not to be confused with Showtime’s The Borgias, the Euro rival’s first season was also co-produced by ZDF and ORF and sold in 50 countries. Netflix had it for the US and UK, but has not yet boarded the second series. (UPDATE: Beta Film now says that Netflix will air the second series as part of its original deal). The international cast includes actors from several major European territories along with The Wire’s John Doman. Season 2 will begin in 1494, 8 months after the death of Rodrigo Borgia’s eldest son and will chart the meteoric rise of Prince Cesare Borgia (Mark Ryder) as the family endeavors to keep hold of the papacy. Beta Film will handle international sales.

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