Woody Allen to Write and Direct TV Series for Amazon
Fresh from its Golden Globes high of winning two major awards, namely Best Comedy Series for “Transparent” and Best Actor Comedy Series for Jeffrey Tambor for “Transparent,” Amazon Studios is raring to get their comedy bid rolling further by signing up the multi-awarded and controversial filmmaker Woody Allen for a new series. Read on for the details.
Allen, the director of 47 films so far in his fruitful career, has hardly worked on a TV project before this deal with the streaming site. The details are still limited, but according to various reports, Amazon has already given a full season order for the series, thus making Allen’s show the first one to ever get a greenlight that did not require going through Amazon’s usual pilot season.
“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” said Roy Price, Amazon Studios VP in a press report published on The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
“From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year,” Price added.
Meanwhile, Allen, in his usual humor, stated that he had no ideas on how to begin his TV show, which remains without a title and other details at the moment.
“My guess is that Roy Price will regret this,” jokes Allen in the same report from THR.
Allen last worked on television back in 1994 for the TV movie “Don’t Drink the Water” remake. It starred Michael J. Fox.
The famous director actually started in Hollywood as a writer for “The Sid Caesar Show,” which ran on television in the ’60s, so he does have ideas about doing TV.
Of late, Allen would be the highest profile writer and director to join the streaming site, which already includes projects from filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh and Ridley Scott. Soderbergh’s series, “Red Oaks,” is in fact getting a full season release on Amazon Prime later this year, while Scott’s “The Man in the High Castle” is going to debut its pilot episode this Jan. 15, 2015.
Allen’s Amazon TV show is set for 2016.
We’ll be keeping tabs of its development here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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