Amazon Studios is moving forward on a new dramatic comedy pilot as well as a one-hour dramatic pilot, both of which will make their debuts in late 2014. The half-hour comedy/drama The Cosmopolitans will star Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore and Dree Hemingway, and is written and directed by Whit Stillman. The dramatic series Hand of God features Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt and Alona Tal and is executive produced by Marc Forster, Ben Watkins, Ron Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King.
The Cosmopolitans and Hand of God will be part of Amazon’s third pilot season on Prime Instant Video, and customers will be asked to vote/provide feedback on which of the pilots should turn into full series.
“We’re very pleased to be working with Whit, Ron, Ben, and Marc on developing these pilots,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “The Cosmopolitans and Hand of God both contain rich stories and deep characters that we think customers will really enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing our customers’ reactions when they debut.”
Details on 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 Cosmopolitans begins shooting this week in Paris.
Details on 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. Hand of God begins shooting this week in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas.
-By Rebecca Murray
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