While Netflix has been on a roll in recent years with original series that includes Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the same can’t be said for its main competitor, Amazon. However, that might change with the SVOD service’s upcoming slate of offerings, including The Man in the High Castle.
Man in the High Castle is based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name and executive produced by Ridley Scott. Amazon has unveiled the series' trailer online, after premiering it as part of the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
Here is the official synopsis for Man in the High Castle:
Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).
Amazon recently gained critical acclaim - including multiple Golden Globe wins and nominations - for its original dramedy series, Transparent. Beyond that, however, the network has yet to find itself home to a series that’s driving popular fan-fare like Netflix has. However, Dick’s alternate realty premise could give rise to a show that changes things for Amazon.
The whole idea is just high concept enough to peak some interest from curious viewers, especially ones that may just already have Amazon Prime for different reasons that don’t necessarily include streaming video. Ultimately, Amazon is making major strides in its original content creation with this and other projects (see Shawn Ryan's Mad Dogs), so Man in the High Castle is just a first step in the network’s grand plans.
The Man in the High Castle premieres on Amazon in Fall 2015.