There is a change at the helm of the upcoming Amazon drama series Sneaky Pete. Executive producer/showrunner David Shore, who wrote the pilot script from a story he co-penned with Bryan Cranston, has left the project, from Sony TV and Amazon Studios. He will be succeeded by Justified creator Graham Yost, who is taking the reins as executive producer and showrunner.
The drama, starring Giovanni Ribisi, was originally developed and piloted by CBS last year. After it didn’t make the cut to series there, it garnered interest from a number of cable networks and streaming services interested. Amazon ultimately landed the project, funding some reshoots before putting the tweaked pilot up online to largely positive response. Sneaky Pete was picked up to series last fall for a 2016 premiere. The start of production on the series was pushed back a bit while the showrunner changeover was taking place so the new showrunner can take charge from the get-go.
Sneaky Pete revolves around a con man (Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself — and discovering a family life he’s never had.
Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae star in the series. Yost, who is under an overall deal at Sony TV, executive produces with Cranston, James Degus, Erin Gunn. Seth Gordon directed the pilot, which featured Cranston as a guest star.
Yost serves as an executive producer on FX’s The Americans.