The future of Transparent - the Amazon series that previously starred Jeffrey Tambor - will include a feature-length musical in some capacity. The series, which is about a Jewish family made up of three adult siblings who must learn to accept their father as a transgender woman, Maura, has run for four seasons on Amazon. Despite earning a handful of Emmys and Golden Globes awards, a threat to the series came last year, when Tambor was accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant, as well as one of his co-stars.
In November 2017, Amazon conducted an investigation into Tambor's alleged behavior, which may have taken place on set. During this time, Tambor seemingly announced that he would not continue to act on the show, but this wasn't confirmed until February 2018, when the studio concluded its investigation. That was followed up by a statement from creator Jill Soloway, who spoke out in support of the victims, and seemed to indicate that a fifth season was indeed on the way.
In a profile for The New York Times, Soloway spoke about the musical, which has been an idea since the very beginning of the show. Soloway is writing the two-hour musical with her sister, Faith, and Shakina Nayfack, a transgender performer. She commented on the content, saying that they hope it will remind audiences of a mixture of popular titles, such as Jesus Christ Superstar, La La Land, and Flight of the Conchords, and "with something more Jewish thrown in. A little 'Yentl.'" The plan is to shoot it later this year and release it on Amazon in fall 2019.
It's unclear as to whether or not this would serve as a completely replacement for season 5, as Soloway indicated that this was a way for the Pfefferman family at the center of the show to "live on." It was previously announced that season 5 would be the final one of the series. Though the narrative did begin with Maura's transition and revealing this to her daughters and son, Transparent has branched out into a story about a family dealing with many different issues, including gender fluidity, sexual preference, and mental health.
Presumably, stars Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann (the Pfefferman children) will return for the musical, as well as Judith Light as Maura's ex-wife, Shelly. Hopefully, this will be a positive experience for all involved, as Soloway spoke in their statement of the need to "heal as a family," likely referring to both the family within the show and the family that makes up the cast and crew of Transparent.
Source: The New York Times