Amazon Studios in Hollywood has confirmed five news shows: a period drama by Wong Kar-wai, three comedy series, including one starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, and a comic book adaptation produced by Seth Rogen, Variety reported. The greenlighting is said to be the result of direct orders from Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos in a bid to combat original programming by rivals HBO and Netflix.
“The mandate from Jeff Bezos is clear: Bring me “Game of Thrones.”” the trade publication reported. “That’s the word that has the creative community buzzing this week about a major strategy shift underway for Amazon Studios’ original series efforts. The CEO of the e-commerce giant is said to have tasked Amazon Studios chief Roy Price with honing the focus on high-end drama series with global appeal.” This change is reflected in the scrapping of a second season for the underperforming Z: The Beginning of Everything, a period drama about the romance between Zelda Sayre and F Scott Fitzgerald.
Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco) will write and Wong will direct Tong Wars, a crime drama set against the backdrop of Chinese immigration to the United States of America. Among the streaming service’s upcoming shows for 2018 are Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs, and a crime drama directed by David O Russell and starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.