The fate of Bryan Cranston & David Shore’s pilot Sneaky Pete may soon be (partially) in viewers’ hands. Amazon is in negotiations to pick up the drama pilot, originally developed by CBS, and put it on its platform as it does with its own pilots. I hear the original pilot would undergo some tweaking and possible minor reshoots before being made available on Amazon. Taking into account viewing data and customer feedback, the streaming service would make a decision on a series order.
The pending deal at Amazon, first reported by Variety, would mark the another successful effort by Sony TV, which took the pilot out the moment CBS passed on it. In the case of Sneaky Pete, there were also incoming inquiries, with multiple cable and digital outlets expressing interest.
The project, written/executive produced by Cranston and Shore, logged one of the biggest sales this broadcast development season, landing at CBS with a production commitment.
In Sneaky Pete, a thirtysomething con man (Giovanni Ribisi), upon leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of a cellmate. “Sneaky Pete” then hides out from his debtors while working for his new “family’s” bail bond business. The cast includes Margo Martindale and Marin Ireland. The options on the pilot’s actors expire on June 30, and I hear Sony TV is expected to formally extend them over the next week.
Amazon is currently in business with Sony TV, which is producing one of its current pilots, drama The Good Girls Revolt. The studio previously produced another pilot originally developed for broadcast, Zombieland, for the service.
At Sony TV, Sneaky Pete would join a long list of projects that the studio has resurrected, most recently Community, which last year found a new home at Yahoo after getting cancelled by NBC.
Sneaky Pete is the second CBS drama pilot to get a second lease on life. CBS is looking to order a second pilot for legal drama Doubt, which would be recasting its leads.