EXCLUSIVE: The big drama series package that has David O. Russell as writer-director and Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore starring is landing at Amazon and The Weinstein Company. We hear the untitled series has received a two-season commitment in a $160 million deal. Each season will consist of eight episodes, all written and directed by Russell. Details about the show are sketchy, but we hear it is a mafia crime series.
The project stirred buzz in the marketplace in early August, weeks before it officially hit the marketplace, with agents soliciting firm offers and big guarantees on behalf of the their clients in order for a network to hear the pitch. We hear Amazon landed the drama in a competitive situation, with FX also actively pursuing it.
Producing alongside Russell are Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert, who developed the project with Russell. Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison are executive producers.
Once a rarity, now it is not that unusual for top feature actors to headline TV series, especially for a premium cable or streaming network. In a very competitive situation, HBO landed True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and recently Sharp Objects with Amy Adams, while Netflix nabbed Maniac with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
This marks the latest collaboration between Russell and De Niro, who co-starred in the Oscar-nominated filmmaker’s Silver Linings Playbook and Joy. De Niro next portrays disgraced financier Bernie Madoff in the HBO movie Wizard Of Lies directed by Barry Levinson. Moore stars in Todd Haynes’ upcoming film Wonderstruck, distributed by Amazon.
This is the second high-profile collaboration between Amazon and The Weinstein Co. who recently teamed for a drama series by Mad Men creator Mathew Weiner in his return to TV.
De Niro, Moore and Russell are repped by CAA.