The story behind King Juan Carlos I’s relinquishment of his crown is headed to the small story…
XRey, a Spotify podcast from The Story Lab on the abdication of the 82-year-old former Spanish king, is being adapted for television by the producer of Netflix original Hache.
The Story Lab is working with Weekend Studio on the adaptation after XReyhas been among Spotify’s top three podcasts in Spain since premiering on May 19.
King Juan Carlos I abdicated in 2014 in sudden and unexplained circumstances and the 10-part XRey podcastfeatures testimony from prime ministers, leading historians and investigative journalists. It’s produced by Toni Garrido.
Michael Iskas, global president of The Story Lab, said: “Toni and his team at The Story Lab Spain have brought the XReystory to life in a brilliantly creative way to deliver a breakout hit on Spotify that has the pace of a political thriller.”
Weekend Studio president Tomás Cimadevilla added: “XReyhas a potent mix of intrigue, royalty and international power play. This fascinating story, which is captivating listeners on Spotify, is ideal for adaptation as a major TV drama.”