By Sahil Patel
Amazon Studios has many shows in development — but here are two that will definitely show up when the company releases its third batch of original pilots later this year.
“The Cosmopolitan” comes from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”), who is writing, directing, and producing the show’s pilot, which begins shooting this week in Paris. The show follows a group of young Americans living in City of Light, searching for love and friendship in a foreign locale.
The dramedy will be headlined by Adam Brody (“The OC”), Chloe Sevigny (“Big Love”), Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Asblom, Shaun Evans, and Adriano Giannini. The pilot begins shooting this week in Paris.
The other show is one you’re already familiar with: “Hand of God,” which in recent weeks has cast the likes of Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”), Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope”), and Dana Delany (“Body of Proof”).
The show centers on a powerful judge — played by Perlman — a law-bending married man with a high-end call-girl on the side. Things begin to change when the judge suffers a mental breakdown after a rapist tears his family apart. If greenlit for a full season, the show would follow the judge’s vigilante for vengeance, as the man pursues the rapist by relying on visions and messages that he believes are being sent by God through his ventilator-bound son. (It’s a mouthful premise, I know.)
Aside from Perlman, Dillahunt, and Delany, the “Hand of God” pilot will feature Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Elizabeth McLaughlin, and Julian Morris. Written by Ben Watkins, it will be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Marc Forster (“World War Z”), making his television directorial debut.
Watkins, Forster, and Perlman serve as executive producers for the show, with Jillian Kugler as co-executive producer. The pilot begins shooting this week in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas.
In the coming weeks, Amazon says it will reveal additional pilots for its third pilot season. So far, the company has greenlit 11 shows from its ongoing originals initiative.