Amazon Greenlights Sci-Fi Series ‘The Peripheral’ From ‘Westworld’ Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

Streaming service gave duo’s adaptation of William Gibson novel a script-to-series commitment in April 2018

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Amazon has greenlit “Westworld” creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s new sci-fi series, “The Peripheral,” the streaming service announced on Wednesday.

The duo’s now-ordered TV adaptation of William Gibson’s best-selling novel originally received a script-to-series commitment from Amazon Studios in April 2018.

According to the tech giant, the one-hour Prime Video drama series “centers on Flynne Fisher, a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. Flynne is smart, ambitious, and doomed. She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her. ‘The Peripheral’ is master storyteller William Gibson’s dazzling, hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind — and what lies beyond.”

Scott B. Smith (“A Simple Plan”) created the series and will executive produce and serve as showrunner. Other executive producers on “The Peripheral” include Nolan, Joy, Vincenzo Natali, Athena Wickham and Steven Hoban. Natali will direct the pilot.

“The Peripheral” hails from Amazon Studios — the studio Nolan and Joy signed a mega overall deal with back in April — and Warner Bros. Television — the studio where the couple used to have an overall deal — in association with the “Westworld” creators’ Kilter Films production banner.

“35 years ago, William Gibson invented the future. With ‘The Peripheral’ he brings us another look, and his vision is as clear, intoxicating, and terrifying as ever,” Nolan and Joy said in a statement. “All of us at Kilter are incredibly proud to be supporting Vincenzo and Scott’s brilliant vision for bringing Gibson’s work to the screen.”

“We’re thrilled to announce ‘The Peripheral’ as our first project with Jonah, Lisa, Athena and their talented team at Kilter Films,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, added. “This story calls for a masterful level of talent to bring acclaimed author William Gibson’s science fiction thriller to life. We are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Television, Oscar-nominated writer Scott B. Smith and Vincenzo Natali in bringing this fantastic new series to our global Prime Video customers.”