Writer Jaclyn Alexis Cruz allegedly tried to stage a coup and take over production of the upcoming TV show “The Baroness” about the von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music”. Cruz reportedly demanded that the family fire their head writer and hire her wife as the show’s head writer, and for the family to sign over the full rights of their story to their production company. Myles von Trapp, who is developing the series, fired Cruz and stated that the von Trapp family will not sell away their lives and story again.
The production of the TV show “The Baroness”, based on the von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music”, was plunged into drama after a writer allegedly attempted to take over the production and demanded that the family sign over the full rights of their story to their production company.
“The Hills Are Alive” With Drama Over “The Baroness” TV Show
The famous von Trapp family, known for “The Sound of Music,” is at the center of a dramatic dispute over their new TV show, “The Baroness.” Myles von Trapp, who is developing the series, claims that writer Jaclyn Alexis Cruz attempted to stage a coup by insisting that her wife be made the show’s head writer. The couple also demanded that the von Trapp family sign over the full rights to their story to their production company, causing a massive blow-up.
However, the von Trapp family has been down this road before. Maria von Trapp sold her memoir to German producers in 1950 for $9,000 and inadvertently signed away all of the rights to their story going forward. The family didn’t have much of a say in “The Sound of Music,” and the alleged attempted “Baroness” coup caused a rift between the family and Cruz.
In response to the attempted coup, von Trapp fired Jaclyn as a writer on the project and sent a candid reply: “The von Trapp family says f–k you,” he said. “Good luck in business. You will fail miserably.”
“The Baroness,” which was first reported by Page Six in January, is being developed by Myles von Trapp, the New York City-based grandson of Georg’s eldest child Rupert, who was depicted as Liesl in the original movie. The series will follow three characters from three generations of von Trapps, including Myles’s grandmother and mother, and will not involve any singing nuns.
Despite the drama, the show is still being developed under head writer Rebecca Eskries, known for her work on “What Breaks the Ice” and “Inequality for All.” Jaclyn Alexis Cruz, who has since been removed from the project, said, “It was a major misunderstanding. I am no longer working on the project, but I wish them the absolute best.”