Amazon Orders ‘Sun Valley’ Project From ‘Bates Motel’ Creator Anthony Cipriano (Exclusive)

Project follows a brilliant but violent street thug and his over-protective mother

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Amazon Studios has ordered the one-hour television pitch “Sun Valley” from “Bates Motel” creator Anthony Cipriano, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap on Thursday.

The project is set in the underside of the San Fernando Valley and follows Sean Moore, a brilliant but unconscionably violent street thug, on his journey to the top of a criminal conglomerate. Sean is guided by his over-protective and power-hungry mother, Maggie, and the pair develop an empire built from the vast cultural fabric, a corrupt police department and the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles.

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In addition to “Bates Motel,” which has been picked up for a second season by A&E, Cipriano wrote the drama feature “12 and Holding.”

“300” duo Bernie Goldmann and Steve Barnett are executive producing the project with Cipriano.

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Amazon Studios is preparing to launch its next wave of pilots, which comprises 11 titles including the kids’ pilot “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” the comedies “The Rebels” and “Transparent,” and the dramas “Bosch” and “The After.” Amazon has already produced the political comedy “Alpha House,” starring John Goodman and Mark Consuelos, and “Betas,” which stars Ed Begley Jr. and revolves around the employees of a tech startup.

Cipriano is represented by Original Artists, manager Brooklyn Weaver and attorney Scott Whitehead.