Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Development News - Amazon Confirms 6 Projects for Its Upcoming Fall 2015 Pilot Season

Development News - September 23, 2015

Amazon's Edge, Good Girls Revolt, Highston, One Mississippi, Patriot and Z.

  • The online streaming service has confirmed six pilots will debut in the fall as part of the next pilot season. Edge is based on George G. Gilman's best-selling book series of the same name. Set in 1868, Max Martini stars as Josiah "Edge" Hedges - a Union officer turned cowboy, who prowls the post-Civil War american West dolling out his own peculiar (and savage) brand of justice. When me meet Edge in the pilot, his mission is personal and his vengeance hath no fury. The pilot also stars Ryan Kwanten as Merritt Harknett and Yvonne Strahovski as Beth. Edge was developed by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, with Black as director, and executive produced by Black, Dekker, Barry Josephson and David Greenblatt.
  • In 1969, while a cultural revolution with a soundtrack to match swept through the free world, there was still one place that refused to change with the times: newsrooms. Good Girls Revolt follows a group of young female researches at "News of the Week," who simply ask to be treated fairly. Their revolutionary request will spark convulsive changes and upend marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives and friendship. The pilot stars Genevieve Angelson as Patti, Anna Camp as Jane, Erin Darke as Cindy, Chris Diamantopoulos as Finn, Hunter Parrish as Doug, Jim Belushi as Wick McFadden, Joy Bryant as Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Grace Gummer as Nora Ephron. A co-production with TriStar Television, Good Girls Revolt is written and created by Dana Calvo, directed by Liza Johnson, and executive produced by Calvo, Lynda Obst, Darlene Hunt, Don Kurt and Jeff Okin. 
  • Highston Liggetts (newcomer Lewis Pullman) is a 19-year-old with a wide circle of celebrity friends - that only he can see. His parents, Jean (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Wilbur (Chris Parnell) force him to get psychiatric help, but his Uncle Billy (Curtis Armstrong) thinks he's just fine. Highston is a comedy about what it means to be normal in a world that's anything but. The pilot guest stars Shaquille O'Neal and Flea, and is written by Oscar-nominee Bob Nelson, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Todd Hoffman, Nelson and Todd Schulman.
  • A dark comedy, loosely inspired by Tig Notaro's life, One Mississippi follows Tig as she deals with the complex reentry into her childhood hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Mississippi, to deal with the unexpected death of her mother, the interminable life of the party, Caroline. Reeling from her own recently declining health, Tig struggles to find her footing with the loss of the one person who actually understood her, with help from her older but not always wiser brother, Remy (Noah Harpster), and her emotionally distant stepfather, Bill (John Rothman). A surprise visit from Tig's girlfriend, Brooke (Casey Wilson), only compounds the reality of how out of place Tig is in a world without her mother. A co-production with FX Productions, One Mississippi is written by Notaro and Diablo Cody, executive produced by Notaro, Cody, Louis C.K., Blair Breard and Dave Becky, with the pilot directed and executive produced by Nicole Holofcener.
  • The political thriller Patriot follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman). His latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requiring him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous "non-official cover" - that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. A bout with PTSD, the Federal government's incompetence, and the intricacies of keeping a day job in the "front" industrial piping company, cause a barrage of ever-escalating fiascos that jeopardize Tavner's mission. The pilot also stars Terry O'Quinn as Tom Tavner, John's State Department Director of Intelligence father; Michael Chernus as John's older brother Edward Tavner, a young Texas congressman; Kathleen Munroe as John's wife Alice; Aliette Opheim as Agathe, a brilliant young homicide detective from Luxembourg hot on John's trail; and Kurtwood Smith as Mr. Claret, John's stickler of a new "boss" at the piping firm. Patriot is written and directed by Steven Conrad, and executive produced by Conrad, Gil Bellows, Glen Ficarra, Charlie Gogolak and John Requa.
  • Z is a bio-series pilot based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s. Starring Christina Ricci as Zelda, Z starts before she meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gavin Stenhouse), and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage - made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time. The series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes their later years. Z dives into the fascinating life of a woman ahead of her time, an artist determined to establish her own identity in the tempestuous wake of a world-famous husband. The show pulls back the curtain on her triumphs and dark secrets. It's a modern take on one of the most notorious love stories of all tim, played out in salons and speak-easies from Montgomery, Alabama to the Cote D'Azur. Z is written by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, directed by Tim Blake Nelson, and executive produced by Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon of Killer Kilms as well as Ricci. The show also guest stars David Strathairn as Judge Anthony Dickerson Sayre, Kristine Nielsen as Minni Sayre, Maya Kazan as Livye Hart, Sarah Schenkkan as Eleanor Browder, Jamie Anne Allman as Tootsie Sayre, and Holly Curran as Tilde Sayre.