Move aside The Crown, there's a new royal drama on the way from Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes and Simon Cowell.

Fellowes, who has written the upcoming movie based on the hugely popular ITV period drama, is working on a series based on portraits in The Royal Collection, the art collection of the British royal family, along with Cowell's production company Syco.

The Royal Collection is owned by Queen Elizabeth II and is spread across 13 royal residences in the United Kingdom. 

Syco's Global Head of TV told Deadline of the project: "We’re doing story behind portraits in the royal collection. This came out of conversations about every great film like The Duchess. The portraits hang in the royal collection and there’s incredible stories behind them.

"Every episode, which is Julian’s idea, ends with the portrait being painted. For instance, one of the stories is a servant who worked for three kings and the queen. It’s a bit like The Butler. They’re all fascinating stories."

This will be Syco's first move into scripted drama having had success with formats such as The X Factor and Got Talent.

Downton Abbey ended in 2015, but the cast are returning for a highly-anticipated feature-length production in 2019.