Amazon is keeping with its tradition to make orders during upfront week. No official word from the streaming service yet but I’ve learned of four projects that are getting pilot orders. That includes Trial, a new legal drama from The Practice creator David E. Kelley, which he co-wrote with Jonathan Shapiro. Lethal Weapon and Iron Man 3 screenwriter Shane Black has Edge, a spaghetti Western based on the Edge books by George Gilman. Fred Dekker, who is working with Black on the upcoming Predator sequel, wrote the teleplay from a story by him and Black who will direct. The two executive produce with Barry Josephson and David Greenblatt.
I hear Amazon’s latest batch of pilots also includes The Patriot, from The Pursuit of Happyness‘ Steve Conrad. It is a comedic thriller/family dramedy about a father working at the state department and his two sons, a senator and a Iraq war veteran with PTSD who wants to be a folk singer.
The Good Girls Revolt is a 1970s drama in the vein of Mad Men that is set at Newsweek. It was written by Dana Calvo (Covert Affairs) who is executive producing with Lynda Obst and Anonymous Content’s Jeff Okin for Sony TV Studios. Amazon had no comment.
The pilot orders would join the pickup of six kids pilots earlier this week. The most recent Amazon pilot cycle led to five new series orders, drama The Man In The High Castle from Frank Spotnitz, hour-long dark comedy Mad Dogs from Shawn Ryan, docu-series The New Yorker Presents, and kids shows Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show.
Amazon is a major awards contender this season with its breakout comedy, the Golden Globe-winning Transparent.