Amazon green-lights new pilots for LOVEFiLM, Prime
Michelle Clancy | 04-10-2013
After green-lighting a first round of comedy pilots last April, Amazon has announced that it has approved the production of three new half-hour pilots.
The titles are: Mozart in the Jungle, written by Academy Award nominee Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher); The Outlaws, written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach; and Transparent, written and directed by Emmy Award nominee Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under).
Amazon customers will be invited to watch, provide feedback and help determine which pilots should be produced as series to air exclusively on Amazon's LOVEFILM in the UK and Prime Instant Video in the US in early 2014.
"We are thrilled to be working on these pilots with such talented creators with passionate visions for new shows. We are excited to hear what customers think of the shows," said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios.
Based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall, the eponymous pilot focuses on sex, drugs-and classical music, and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.
"Many shows are in a single world; Mozart in the Jungle is an unusual show in that there are two worlds fused together," said Coppola. "On one side is the high-level skill and sophistication that comes with classical music, and at the same time it's a story that includes people rising up from the bottom, trying to make it in the big world. I love the sense of contrast, the high and the low, the refined and the more base; I hope audiences will love it too. Amazon has been incredibly supportive and they have given us their blessing to make this show. We are very much in harmony and we feel lucky to be working with a partner that is so in sync with us and what we want to do."
The Outlaws is about the ins and outs of a professional football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office. The Outlaws creative team also includes Matt Alvarez and Michael Strahan, former football player for the New York Giants and host of Live with Kelly and Michael. Jay Chandrasekar (Supertroopers) is directing.
"Jon Weinbach and I could not be more excited about The Outlaws; we have an amazing director, and it's been great transforming this story into a pilot with the help of Amazon," said Outlaws creator Jeremy Garelick. "We have found Amazon's support for original and edgy content to be second to none; the opportunity to blend crushing comedy and hits is endless. We want to make Outlaws the show that everyone will love, not just football fans."
Meanwhile, Transparent is a darkly comedic story about an LA family with serious boundary issues. In this exploration of sex, memory, gender and legacy, the past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass star in the pilot.
"With my astonishingly talented cast and crew we created an incredible pilot," said Soloway. "I hope we'll be making a full season very soon. I am so grateful to Amazon for their trust and for allowing this story to unfold onscreen in such a human, organic way. They have provided me with one of the most creative experiences of my career."