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Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

Amazon Studios

2016 Amazon Studios Pilots


STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Melissa Axelrod (w, ep), Terry Zwigoff (d, ep), Vincent Landay (ep), Joanna Colbert (co-ep)
LOGLINE: It’s 1983 San Francisco, and three hapless city boys move to the country to grow marijuana. Their expectations of the experience being a back-to-the-land, nurturing adventure in a beautiful rustic setting run up against the harsh truth upon their arrival at “the Summer Camp” – a miserably run-down shanty out in the middle of nowhere, where they are bedeviled by rats, snakes, mosquitoes, unfriendly growing conditions, noisy neighbors, dangerous locals, and menacing law enforcement.
CAST: Joel David Moore, Will Sasso, Adam Rose

Extra scripts ordered
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Whit Stillman (w, d, ep)
LOGLINE: A group of young American expatriates in contemporary Paris search for love and friendship in a foreign city.
CAST: Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Jordan Rountree, Adriano Giannini

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Topple Productions
TEAM: Jill Soloway (d, ep), Sarah Gubbins (w, co-ep), Andrea Sperling (ep)
LOGLINE: Told in Rashomon-style shifts of POV and set in a colorful academic community in Marfa, Texas, it centers on a struggling married couple, Chris and Sylvere, and their mutual obsession with an offputting but charismatic professor named Dick.
CAST: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, Roberta Colindrez, Griffin Dunne

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Scott Free TV
TEAM: David Callaham (w, ep), Peter Atencio (d), Ridley Scott (ep), David Zucker (ep)
LOGLINE: Jean-Claude Van Damme comes out of retirement to put on the mantle of his alter ego, undercover private contractor Jean-Claude Johnson. Johnson’s cover as the lead role in a re-imagined action film version of Huckleberry Finn lands him right back in the midst of the danger he secretly always craves — but most important, back in the orbit of Vanessa, his fellow secret international operative and the woman he loves.
CAST: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kat Foster, Phylicia Rashad, Moises Arias

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Micah Fitzerman-Blue (w, ep), Noah Harpster (w, ep), Joshuah Bearman (ep), James Ponsoldt (d)
LOGLINE: Focuses on real-life superheroes Master Legend and his sidekick, the Ace. Based on Joshuah Bearman’s Rolling Stone article.
CAST: John Hawkes, Shea Whigham, Dawnn Lewis, Anjelika Washington, David Castaneda

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Sony Pictures TV
TEAM: Ben Edlund (w, ep), Barry Josephson (ep), Barry Sonnenfeld (ep), Wally Pfister (d)
LOGLINE: Musclebound, antennae-sporting superhero the Tick is recovering from memory loss and reteams with his sidekick Arthur to fight evil. Based on the comic book character created by Ben Edlund.
CAST: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, Brendan Hines

Ordered straight to series; six episodes
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Woody Allen (w, ep), Erika Aronson  (ep)
LOGLINE: Under wraps; 30-minute show set during the 1960s.
CAST: Woody Allen, Elaine May, Miley Cyrus, John Magaro, Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Rapaport, Becky Ann Baker, Lewis Black, Margaret Ladd, Joy Behar, Rebecca Schull, David Harbour Christine Ebersole


STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Legendary TV
TEAM: Guillermo del Toro (w, ep), Travis Beacham (w, ep), Rene Echeverria (w, ep, sr), Gary Ungar (ep)
LOGLINE: A serial killer is on the loose in the future in a city called the Burgue, which looks a lot like 18th century London but is inhabited by humans and other creatures.

Additional scripts ordered
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Electus
TEAM: Stu Zicherman (w, ep), Ben Silverman (ep), Jean Pierre Jeunet (d, ep),
LOGLINE: Chronicles a little-known period in the life of one of world history’s most famous libertines and playboys. After Giacomo Casanova’s wicked escapades run afoul with the inquisitors in his native Venice, he is sent to prison. The drama focuses on what happens next –– after escaping, the once-materialistic and womanizing Casanova moves to Paris with nothing, determined to start his life over.
CAST: Diego Luna, Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson, Ben Daniels, Amelia Clarkson

Not going forward
STUDIO: TriStar Television
TEAM: Lyn Greene (w, ep), Richard Levine (w, ep), Mike Newell (d), Michael De Luca (ep), Lindsay Sloane (ep)
LOGLINE: A grounded character-driven drama based on Meg 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.
CAST: Lauren Ambrose, David Krumholtz, Jessica Pare, Matt Barr, Gabriel Ebert, Jessica Collins, Corey Cott

Picked up to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Paramount Television/Skydance TV
TEAM: Graham Roland (w, ep) Carlton Cuse (w, ep, sr), Lindsey Springer (ep), Michael Bay (ep), Brad Fuller (ep), Andrew Form (ep), Mace Neufeld (ep), David Ellison (ep), Dana Goldberg (ep), Marcy Ross (ep)
LOGLINE: Conceived by Cuse and Roland, the show is a new contemporary take on the Jack Ryan character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative using the novels as source material.
CAST: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce, Dina Shihabi, Ali Suliman

Picked up to series
STUDIO: TriStar Television
TEAM: Billy Ray (w, d, ep), Perri Kipperman (ep), Josh Maurer (ep), David Stern (ep), Alix Witlin (ep)
LOGLINE: Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, it follows Monroe Stahr, Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s, as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady, a character based on Louis B. Mayer. With Stahr as a focal point, the show delves into the true violence, sex and towering ambition of Hollywood in the ’30s. It’s inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s Monroe Stahr was based.
CAST: Matt Bomer, Lily Collins, Kelsey Grammer, Rosemarie DeWitt

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Amy Sherman-Palladino (w, ep), Dan Palladino (ep)
LOGLINE: A 1950s housewife decides to be one of the first female stand-up comics.
CAST: Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Zegen

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: David E. Kelley (w, ep), Jonathan Shapiro (w, ep), Ross Fineman (ep), David Semel (d)
LOGLINE: The ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. The series follows a down-and-out lawyer as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighted toward the rich and powerful.
CAST: Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Sarah Wynter, Nina Arianda, Tania Raymonde

STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Left Bank Pictures
TEAM: Matt Charman (ep), Kevin MacDonald (d, ep), Andy Harries (ep)
LOGLINE: A heart-wrenching love story of a husband and wife with the universe between them at the center. English pastor Peter Leigh embarks on the journey of a lifetime into deep space that takes him light years away from his beloved wife, Bea. Adapted from Michel Faber book The Book of Strange New Things.
CAST: Richard Madden, Haley Joel Osment, Anil Kapoor

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Josh Goldin (w, ep), Rachel Abramowitz (w, ep), Andrea Simon (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in and around the world of the Tropicana nightclub during in pre-revolutionary Cuba, it explores the intersection of entertainers, the mob, Batista loyalists, Castro revolutionaries and the American CIA. 


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