Amazon has greenlit three new pilots, each one written by prominent Hollywood screenwriters. Roman Coppola, Jason Scwartzman and Alex Timbers wrote “Mozart in the Jungle,” Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach penned “The Outlaws,” and Jill Soloway both wrote and directed ‘Transparent.”
Amazon Prime customers will be able to view the new pilots on Amazon’s Instant Video service early next year to help determine which will progress to series.
The tech giant’s nascent studio has been moving into TV production and distribution, selecting its first pilots last year and ordering its first batch to series in May. Amazon determines which pilots to make and which ones merit more episodes based on consumer response.
With this new round of shows, viewers can log-in, watch and comment.
Coppola and Schwartzmna’s show is based on Blair Tindall’s memoir about what happens behind-the-scenes at a symphony.
“Many shows are in a single world; Mozart in the Jungle is an unusual show in that there are two worlds fused together,” Coppola said in a statement. “On one side is the high-level skill and sophistication that comes with classical music, and at the same time it’s a story that includes people rising up from the bottom, trying to make it in the big world.”
“The Outlaws” is set in the world of professional football and benefitted from the input of former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan.
“Transparent,” written and directed by the “Six Feet Under” writer and “Afternoon Delight” filmmaker, documents a Los Angeles family and stars Jeffrey Tambor an Jay Duplass.
“I am so grateful to Amazon for their trust and for allowing this story to unfold onscreen in such a human, organic way,” Soloway said in a statement. “They have provided me with one of the most creative experiences of my career.”