Apr 09

Amazon Studios Greenlights Two New Pilots: “The Cosmopolitans” and “Hand of God”

Amazon Studios today announced it has greenlit two new pilots—the half hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans, from Whit Stillman, and one hour drama Hand of God from Executive Producers Marc Forster, Ben Watkins, Ron Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King—for its third pilot season debuting later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. Additional pilots joining The Cosmopolitans and Hand of God in the third pilot season will be announced in the coming weeks. More on the pilots:

The Cosmopolitans
Written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco), The Cosmopolitans follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city. The dramatic comedy pilot stars Adam Brody as “Jimmy,” Chloë Sevigny as “Vicky,” Carrie MacLemore as “Aubrey,” Dree Hemingway as “Camille,” Freddy Åsblom as “Fritz,” Shaun Evans as “Hal,” and Adriano Giannini as “Sando.” The Cosmopolitans begins shooting this week in Paris.

Hand of God
Marking the television debut of renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, World War Z) and written by Ben Watkins, Hand of God stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy as “Judge Pernell Harris.” Hand of God also stars Dana Delany as the Judge’s protective wife “Crystal Harris,” Garret Dillahunt as “KD,” the born-again sociopath, whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell, Andre Royo as the slick, smart, gregarious, and greedy mayor “Robert ‘Bobo’ Boston,” Alona Tal as Pernell’s grieving daughter-in-law “Jocelyn Harris,” Julian Morris as the questionable preacher “Paul Dobson,” Elizabeth McLaughlin as the preacher’s sultry girlfriend “Alicia,” and Emayatzy Corinealdi as Pernell’s call girl / confidante “Tessie.” The show centers on the powerful Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown, and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on “visions” and “messages” he believes are being sent by God through Pernell’s ventilator-bound son. Forster, Watkins, Perlman, Wilkins and King serve as Executive Producers, and Jillian Kugler as co-Executive Producer. Hand of God begins shooting this week in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas.

Apr 08

Submit Your Kids Series Project

Last week, Amazon Studios announced the series pickup of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. This live-action children’s show was created by first-time writer David Anaxagoras, who submitted his project through the Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process.

Learn more about the shows we’re looking for or submit your project now.

Apr 07

New Amazon Original Series: Take Our Poll

Which pilot turned new Amazon Original Series are you excited about? Take our IMDb poll.

Apr 04

Why We Like The Detourist

The Detourista movie project on the Amazon Studios development slate, is a fun, action comedy that appeals to the entire family. It’s a thrill ride full of hilarious antics and dangerous escapades that keeps audiences on their toes and engaged throughout. Packed full of adventure, this movie has the makings of a classic and guarantees to take us on a trip of a lifetime. Watch the test movie.

Apr 03

Create Your Own Storyboard with Amazon Storyteller

Have you seen our trailerboards for The Dissident, It Came in the Mail or Dark Before Dawn? Create your own storyboard using Amazon Studios’ free tool, Amazon Storyteller. Create 10 or 100 panels and add backgrounds or characters from our extensive library of assets.

Learn more about Amazon Storyteller now.