Amazon Studios Lands Biopic on Bass Reeves, First Black U.S. Deputy Marshal, From ‘The Rider’ Helmer Chloé Zhao

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios will be the studio behind Chloé Zhao’s untitled Bass Reeves biopic, a historical Western about the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal.
Zhao is writing and will direct the pic, which will follow Reeves’ journey as a yo…

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios will be the studio behind Chloé Zhao’s untitled Bass Reeves biopic, a historical Western about the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal. Zhao is writing and will direct the pic, which will follow Reeves’ journey as a young man born into slavery in 1838 who fled to the Indian Territory in search of freedom and went on to become one of the greatest lawmen of the American West. Zhao made her directorial debut with the film Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Amazon Developing ‘Transhuman’ & ‘East Of West’ Genre Series From Comic Book Writer Jonathan Hickman & Skybound

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has put in development two hourlong genre drama series, East of West and Transhuman, from Image Comics’ Jonathan Hickman based on his graphic novels. He is teaming on both projects with another comic book writer, The Wal…

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has put in development two hourlong genre drama series, East of West and Transhuman, from Image Comics’ Jonathan Hickman based on his graphic novels. He is teaming on both projects with another comic book writer, The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman who will executive produce via his company’s Skybound Entertainment’s overall deal at Amazon Studios. Both projects will be created and executive produced by Hickman and Nick Dragotta and J.M. Ringuet…

Amazon Orders ‘Utopia’ Series From ‘Gone Girl’ Writer Gillian Flynn

Amazon has ordered “Utopia” straight-to-series. The nine-episode series hails from “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn, and it marks the first project under her new overall deal at the streaming studio.

Flynn’s “Utopia” has been the works for quite a while and floated around various platforms. The adaptation of Dennis Kelly’s British series of the same name (not to be confused with the Fox reality show disaster) was originally set for HBO, but that plan died in 2015. This one is a co-production between Endemol Shine North America and Kudos — an Endemol Shine Group UK production studio — and Amazon Studios.

“Utopia” follows a group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel, per Amazon. With it, they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

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“We are huge fans of Gillian Flynn’s electrifying work,” said Nick Hall, head of Alternative Series for Amazon Studios. “She crafts stories that hold her audience in a constant state of suspense and subverts the expectations behind her characters. She will deliver Prime Video members a series they won’t forget, and ‘Utopia’s’ relevance is sure to connect with viewers around the globe.”

“‘Utopia’ is pure creative catnip to me,” added Flynn. “Dennis Kelly’s show blew my mind, and he has been so incredibly generous in letting me crack open his world and play around in it and make it my own weird, wild place. Utopia is all about exploring resonant issues within dark, twisted storytelling — it’s a series that’s urgent and current and a little holy-crap!, but a hell of a lot of a fun.”

Flynn is considered the domestic version’s creator, executive producer and showrunner. Other executive producers include Kelly, Jessica Rhoades, Sharon Hall, Karen Wilson and Diederick Santer. Sharon Levy, president, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America, will oversee production for Endemol Shine.

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Amazon has ordered “Utopia” straight-to-series. The nine-episode series hails from “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn, and it marks the first project under her new overall deal at the streaming studio.

Flynn’s “Utopia” has been the works for quite a while and floated around various platforms. The adaptation of Dennis Kelly’s British series of the same name (not to be confused with the Fox reality show disaster) was originally set for HBO, but that plan died in 2015. This one is a co-production between Endemol Shine North America and Kudos — an Endemol Shine Group UK production studio — and Amazon Studios.

“Utopia” follows a group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel, per Amazon. With it, they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

“We are huge fans of Gillian Flynn’s electrifying work,” said Nick Hall, head of Alternative Series for Amazon Studios. “She crafts stories that hold her audience in a constant state of suspense and subverts the expectations behind her characters. She will deliver Prime Video members a series they won’t forget, and ‘Utopia’s’ relevance is sure to connect with viewers around the globe.”

“‘Utopia’ is pure creative catnip to me,” added Flynn. “Dennis Kelly’s show blew my mind, and he has been so incredibly generous in letting me crack open his world and play around in it and make it my own weird, wild place. Utopia is all about exploring resonant issues within dark, twisted storytelling — it’s a series that’s urgent and current and a little holy-crap!, but a hell of a lot of a fun.”

Flynn is considered the domestic version’s creator, executive producer and showrunner. Other executive producers include Kelly, Jessica Rhoades, Sharon Hall, Karen Wilson and Diederick Santer. Sharon Levy, president, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America, will oversee production for Endemol Shine.

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Amazon Orders ‘Utopia’ Drama Series From Gillian Flynn Based On UK Format

An U.S. adaptation of Utopia, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, is back on. Amazon Studios has given a nine-episode straight-to-series order to the project, with Flynn as creator, executive producer and showrunner. It will be the first project under an overall TV deal she has signed with Amazon Studios.
A U.S. version of the 2013-14 British series Utopia, created by Dennis Kelly and produced by Endemol Shine Group’s UK production studio Kudos…

An U.S. adaptation of Utopia, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, is back on. Amazon Studios has given a nine-episode straight-to-series order to the project, with Flynn as creator, executive producer and showrunner. It will be the first project under an overall TV deal she has signed with Amazon Studios. A U.S. version of the 2013-14 British series Utopia, created by Dennis Kelly and produced by Endemol Shine Group’s UK production studio Kudos…

‘Utopia’ Remake Ordered to Series as Amazon Inks Showrunner Gillian Flynn to Overall Deal

The author and screenwriter behind ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Sharp Objects’ will serve as showrunner on the nine-episode drama that was previously set at HBO with David Fincher.read more


The author and screenwriter behind 'Gone Girl' and 'Sharp Objects' will serve as showrunner on the nine-episode drama that was previously set at HBO with David Fincher.

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‘Westworld’ Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Series ‘The Peripheral’ Lands at Amazon

“Westworld” creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are heading from Delos Destinations to near-future Arkansas for Amazon Studios.

The two are adapting William Gibson’s sci-fi novel “The Peripheral” for the streaming service via their Warner Bros. Television-based Kilter Films after a competitive bidding war, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

Gibson’s book follows Flynne Fisher, a young woman in near-future Arkansas. After playing what she’s been told is an experimental video game, Flynne finds herself in the middle of an abduction investigation that leads her into a different world.

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Nolan and Joy will executive produce under Kilter Films with banner topper Athena Wickham, with Scott Smith adapting the novel and executive producing. Vincenzo Natali will direct the pilot and also receive an executive producer credit on the series, along with Steven Hoban.

Gibson’s other novels, which have been placed in the cyberpunk genre, include “Neuromancer,” “Count Zero,” “Mona Lisa Overdrive” and “Burning Chrome” and explore themes surrounding the intersection of technology and humans (much like Nolan and Joy’s “Westworld.”)

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The married showrunners’ sci-fi hit premiere on HBO in 2016 and received both critical-acclaim and an obsessive fandom. The freshman installment was nominated for 22 Emmys, including drama series and nods for leads Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as supporting stars Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright.

“Westworld” Season 2 premieres Sunday at 9/8 c on HBO.

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“Westworld” creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are heading from Delos Destinations to near-future Arkansas for Amazon Studios.

The two are adapting William Gibson’s sci-fi novel “The Peripheral” for the streaming service via their Warner Bros. Television-based Kilter Films after a competitive bidding war, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

Gibson’s book follows Flynne Fisher, a young woman in near-future Arkansas. After playing what she’s been told is an experimental video game, Flynne finds herself in the middle of an abduction investigation that leads her into a different world.

Nolan and Joy will executive produce under Kilter Films with banner topper Athena Wickham, with Scott Smith adapting the novel and executive producing. Vincenzo Natali will direct the pilot and also receive an executive producer credit on the series, along with Steven Hoban.

Gibson’s other novels, which have been placed in the cyberpunk genre, include “Neuromancer,” “Count Zero,” “Mona Lisa Overdrive” and “Burning Chrome” and explore themes surrounding the intersection of technology and humans (much like Nolan and Joy’s “Westworld.”)

The married showrunners’ sci-fi hit premiere on HBO in 2016 and received both critical-acclaim and an obsessive fandom. The freshman installment was nominated for 22 Emmys, including drama series and nods for leads Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as supporting stars Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright.

“Westworld” Season 2 premieres Sunday at 9/8 c on HBO.

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‘Westworld’ Creators Set Futuristic Drama Series ‘The Peripheral’ at Amazon

Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan will adapt William Gibson’s book ‘The Peripheral’ as a script-to-series project for the retailer and streaming outlet.read more


Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan will adapt William Gibson's book 'The Peripheral' as a script-to-series project for the retailer and streaming outlet.

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