2020 Amazon Prime Video Pilots & Series Order
CITADEL (Ordered straight to series)
Logline under wraps.
Studio Amazon Studios/Cattleya
Team Josh Appelbaum (w, ep), André Nemec (w, ep), Jeff Pinkner (w, ep), Scott Rosenberg (w, ep), Patrick Moran (ep), Mike Larocca (ep), Joe Russo (ep), Anthony Russo (ep)
Cast Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Richard Madden
DAISY JONES & THE SIX
Musical drama details the spectacular rise and precipitous fall of a renowned (fictional) rock band. Born into privilege but ignored by her selfish parents, Daisy Jones is a spirited and enigmatic singer-songwriter who comes of age and rises to rock superstardom against the backdrop of the 1970s L.A. music scene.
Studio Amazon Studios
Team Will Graham (w, ep, sr), Scott Neustadter (w, ep), Michael Weber (w, ep), Reese Witherspoon (ep), Lauren Neustadter (ep), Niki Caro (d, ep), Brad Mendelsohn (ep), Taylor Jenkins Reid (p)
Cast Riley Keough, Camila Morrone
THE EXPATRIATES (Ordered straight to series)
Hong Kong-set series explores the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community, where affluence is celebrated, friendships are intense but knowingly temporary and personal lives, deaths and marriages are played out publicly — then retold with glee. Based on the novel by Janice Y.K. Lee
Studio Amazon Studios/Blossom Films
Team Alice Bell (w, ep), Lulu Wang (w, ep), Nicole Kidman (ep), Per Saari (ep), Theresa Park (ep), Janice Y.K. Lee (cp)
JACK REACHER (Ordered straight to series)
Based on the character from Lee Child’s book series.
Studio Amazon Studios/Skydance Television/Paramount Television Studios
Team Nick Santora (w, ep, sr), Lee Child (ep), Don Granger (ep), Scott Sullivan (ep), Christopher McQuarrie (ep), David Ellison (ep), Dana Goldberg (ep), Marcy Ross (ep)
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Follows a women’s professional baseball league during World War II. Based on the 1992 feature.
Studio Sony Pictures TV
Team Abbi Jacobson (w, ep), Will Graham (w, ep)
Cast D'Arcy Carden, Abbi Jacobson, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Priscilla Delgado
THE LORD OF THE RINGS (Ordered straight to series with Season 3 pickup)
Set in Middle-earth, it will explore new storylines that precede the events depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Fellowship of the Ring.
Studio Amazon Studios/Tolkien Estate & Trust/HarperCollins/New Line Cinema
Team JD Payne (w, ep, sr), Patrick McKay (w, ep, sr), J.A. Bayona (d, ep), Belén Atienza (ep), Lindsey Weber (ep), Bruce Richmond (ep), Gene Kelly (ep), Sharon Tal Yguado (ep), Gennifer Hutchison (w, ep), Jason Cahill (w, ep), Justin Doble (w, ep)
Cast Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman,
THE OFFENDERS (Ordered straight to series)
Follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a community payback sentence in Bristol. Although they seem like archetypes, they should not be pigeon-holed. As their unlikely new friendships intersect with their complicated private lives, the group must unite to protect one of their own from Bristol’s most dangerous criminal gang. Six episodes.
Studio Amazon Studios/BBC/Big Talk/Four Eyes
Team Stephen Merchant (w, d, ep), Elgin James (ep), Luke Alkin (ep), Kenton Allen (ep), Matthew Justice (ep), Nickie Sault (p)
Cast Stephen Merchant
PANIC (Picked up to series)
Every year, the graduating seniors in a forgotten rural town risk their lives in an illegal, high-stakes game to win life-changing money – and a chance to escape. Anonymous judges force the players through a series of challenges that will compel them to confront their deepest fears – and upend their ideas of who they are, who to trust, and who they might become. This year, 47 players will compete for the biggest pot ever. All of them will be changed. Only one will win. Based on the book by Lauren Oliver.
Studio Amazon Studios
Team Lauren Oliver (w, ep), Joe Roth (ep), Jeff Kirschenbaum (ep), Adam Schroeder (ep), Leigh Janiak (d, ep), Alyssa Altman (co-ep), Lynley Bird (co-ep)
Cast Olivia Welch, Mike Faist, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Ray Nicholson, Will Chase, Kevin Alves, Enrique Murciano, Camron Jones, Jessica Sula, Bryce Cass, Bonnie Bedelia (recurring),Moira Kelly (recurring), Nancy McKeon (recurring) Rachel Bay Jones (recurring)
THE PERIPHERAL (Ordered straight to series)
A hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind — and what lies beyond, it follows Flynne Fisher, who is trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. Smart is smart, ambitious and doomed. She has no future -- until the future comes calling for her.
Studio Amazon Studios/Warner Bros. Television/Kilter Films
Team Scott B. Smith (w, ep, sr), Jonathan Nolan (ep), Lisa Joy (ep), Vincenzo Natali (d, ep), Athena Wickham (ep), Steven Hoban (ep)
THE POWER (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)
Suddenly, and without warning, all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It’s hereditary, it’s inbuilt, and it can’t be taken away from them. Coming alive to the thrill of pure power -- the ability to hurt or even kill by releasing electrical jolts from their fingertips -- they rapidly learn they can awaken the Power in older women. Soon enough nearly every woman in the world can do it. And then everything is different. Based on Naomi Alderman's novel.
Studio Amazon Studios/Sister Pictures
Team Naomi Alderman (w, ep), Reed Morano (d, ep), Jane Featherstone (ep), Claire Wilson (ep), Naomi de Pear (w, ep)
Cast Leslie Mann, Auliʻi Cravalho, John Leguizamo, Toheeb Jimoh, Ria Zmitrowicz, Halle Bush, Heather Agyepong, Nico Hiraga, Daniela Vega, Eddie Marsan
THEM (Ordered straight to series)
FKA Them: Covenant
Set in 1953, it centers on Alfred and Lucky Emory, who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s home on a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
Studio Sony Pictures TV
Team Little Marvin (w, ep), Lena Waithe (ep), David Matthews (ep. sr), Roy Lee (ep), Miri Yoon (ep), Michael Connolly (ep), Larysa Kondracki (ep)
Cast Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Brooke Smith (recurring), Anika Noni Rose (recurring), P.J. Byrne (recurring), Malcolm Mays (recurring), Jeremiah Birkett (recurring), Sophie Guest (recurring)
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (Ordered straight to limited series; 11 episodes)
Centers on young Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood— where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Based on Colson Whitehead’s novel.
Studio Plan B/Pastel/Amazon Studios
Team Barry Jenkins (d, ep), Brad Pitt (ep), Adele Romanski (ep), Sara Murphy (ep), Mark Ceryak (ep)
Cast Thuso Mbedu, Aaron Pierre, Chase W. Dillon, Amber Gray, Jim Klock (recurring), William Jackson Harper (recurring)
UNTITLED CORTÉS & MONTECZUMA PROJECT (Ordered straight to miniseries; four episodes)
Centers on the legendary conqueror Hernan Cortés, who led a rebellious expedition to the heart of King Montezuma II’s Aztec empire, connecting two civilizations for the first time and changing the course of history.
Studio Amazon Studios/Amblin Television
Team Steven Zaillian (w, ep), Gael García Bernal (ep), Diego Luna (ep), Javier Bardem (ep), Kirk Douglas (ep), Grant Hill (ep), Darryl Frank (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Ciro Guerra (d), Cristina Gallego (d)
Cast Javier Bardem
THE WHEEL OF TIME (Ordered straight to series)
Set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists but only women can use it, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.
Studio Sony Pictures Television/Amazon Studios
Team Rafer Judkins (w, ep, sr), Rick Selvage (ep), Larry Mondragon (ep), Ted Field (ep), Mike Weber (ep), Darren Lemke (ep), Uta Briesewitz (d)
Cast Rosamund Pike, Madeleine Madden, Marcus Rutherford, Barney Harris, Zoë Robins, Josha Stradowski, Daniel Henney, Alvaro Morte, Hammad Animashaun, Alexandre Willaume, Johann Myers, Priyanka Bose (recurring), Taylor Napier (recurring), Emmanuel Imani (recurring)
THE WILDS (Picked up to series)
Follows a group of teenage girls from radically different backgrounds after an airplane crash strands them on a deserted island. It explores the past and present struggles of these young women, offering a vivid portrayal of what it means to grow up female in our time – whether you are lost in the wilderness or not.
Studio Amazon Studios/ABC Signature Studios
Team Sarah Streicher (w, ep), Amy B. Harris (ep, sr), Jamie Tarses (ep), Dylan Clark (ep), Brian Williams (ep), Susanna Fogel (d, ep)
Cast Mia Healey, Helena Howard, Reign Edwards, Shannon Berry, Rachel Griffiths, David Sulliva, Troy Winbush, Sophia Ali, Sarah Pidgeon, Jenna Clause, Erana James
CRITICAL ROLE: THE LEGEND OF VOX MACHINA (Animated; ordered straight to series; two seasons)
Follows a group of second-rate, drunken adventurers on a quest to save the realm from terrifying monsters and dark magical forces, only to discover they become a found family in the process. Based on the adventures and original characters from Critical Role.
Studio Amazon Studios
Team Laura Bailey (ep), Taliesin Jaffe (ep), Ashley Johnson (ep), Liam O’Brien (ep), Matthew Mercer (ep), Marisha Ray (ep), Sam Riegel (ep), Travis Willingham (ep), Brandon Auman (ep), Chris Prynoski (ep), Sung Jin Ahn (sd)
Cast Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham
UNTITLED TRACY OLIVER PROJECT (Single camera; ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)
Follows four black women – friends from their college days at NYU – as they navigate sex, relationships and chasing their dreams.
Studio Amazon Studios/Universal Television/Paper Kite Productions
Team Tracy Oliver (w, ep), Amy Poehler (ep), Kim Lessing (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Malcolm D. Lee (d)
Cast Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Jerrie Johnson, Shoniqua Shandai
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