American literary icon F. Scott Fitzgerald has been an unlikely source of inspiration for Amazon’s TV division. With Z: The Beginning of Everything – the Christina Ricci starring drama on the life of Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda – on the slate, it will soon be joined by The Last Tycoon.
Based on the author’s last novel, the drama will star Matt Bomer (White Collar) as a Golden Age Hollywood producer who fights the studio bosses to force their hand in opposing production regulations supported by the rising Nazi government of Germany. With a plummy cast and prestige material, it’s no surprise that The Last Tycoon was originally developed for HBO. Amazon will be hoping some of the critical shine finds its way to its own service.
No air date has been announced yet for The Last Tycoon.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
After Netflix’s revival of her beloved series Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino is on top of the world. Her previous attempts at new shows separate from the characters of Stars Hollow fell flat on arrival, with Bunheads lasting only one season and The Return of Jezebel James only making it to three episodes before the plug was pulled. This time around, the pilot season proved far more successful and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was picked up for an unprecedented two seasons.
If you loved the screwball-style speedy dialogue of Gilmore Girls, expect to find Sherman-Palladino’s particular trademarks in full force here, only now the setting has been moved to the 1950s, following a beleaguered housewife who discovers a talent for stand-up comedy. Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) stars as the eponymous Mrs. Maisel, with support from Gilmore Girls bit-part player Alex Bornstein (Family Guy).
No air date has been announced yet for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Taking on the mantle of Tom Clancy’s most iconic character has become something of a rite of passage for the mandated leading man of any given era: From Alec Baldwin to Harrison Ford to Ben Affleck to Chris Pine. With the series making the jump to television, The Office star John Krasinski is the latest star to join their ranks. Some big names will steer the ship behind the camera, including Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel), Graham Roland (Prison Break), and none other than Michael Bay himself on producer duties with his company Platinum Dunes. Don’t worry, he won’t be directing. That responsibility is reserved for Morten Tyldum (Passengers), who will direct the pilot, with further episodes and production helmed by Daniel Sackheim (The Americans).
No air date has been announced yet for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
Untitled David O. Russell Series
Once upon a time, David O. Russell was a toxic name in Hollywood. His on-set temper and infamous fights with his casts – including a clip of him screaming at Lily Tomlin that went viral and the long standing rumor of a fistfight with George Clooney – led to a dry spell in his career. Fortunately for him, The Fighter cleaned up his reputation and began a succession of Oscar nominations for his film work.
It seems that Amazon is keen to latch onto that buzz, and has negotiated a two season, 16 episode deal with Russell and producer partners The Weinstein Company. Russell is allegedly commanding big bucks for his work, with the budget said to be an eye-watering $160m, but he’s also bringing in the big talents, with Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore set to star. No details have been given on the plot, with word only that the show is a mafia drama, something Russell has a little experience with thanks to American Hustle. Much is riding on this show, so let’s hope cooler heads prevail.
No air date has been announced yet for the Untitled David O. Russell Series.
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