I have learned that Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell has been tapped to direct Amazon drama pilot The Interestings, an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling book. The pilot, originally picked up as director-contingent, is now cleared for production.
The Interestings received a pilot order alongside fellow drama The Last Tycoon last month. The Last Tycoon, originally cast-contingent, also recently lifted its contingency with the casting of Matt Bomer as the lead. (The pilot since has added Kelsey Grammer and Rosemarie DeWitt to the cast.)
Interestings and Last Tycoon hail from Sony TV’s recently relaunched TriStar Television banner, which landed its first series order at Amazon on Friday with Good Girls Revolt. The 1970s magazine drama was one of five pilots from the streaming service’s most recent six-title pilot season to get picked up to series.
The Interestings, written by Nip/Tuck alums Lyn Greene and Richard Levine, is described as a grounded. character-driven drama based on Wolitzer’s novel about a group of friends who meet at an arts camp when they’re 15 in 1974. The series chronicles their relationships throughout the next three decades dealing with the great expectations of youth juxtaposed with the realities life hands you as you get older. The project was put in development at TriStar TV when it was part of the Tom Rothman-led TriStar label, before he became SPE Motion Picture Group chairman and the TV operation was put under the purview of Sony Pictures TV.
England-born Newell, who started his career in British TV, also has directed such features Four Weddings And A Funeral, Donnie Brasco and Great Expectations. This marks only his second U.S. pilot stint following the the 2002 CBS drama Jo starring Four Weddings And A Funeral‘s Andie MacDowell.