I’ve written about all three pilots, which were quietly picked up over the past couple of months, and Jill Soloway’s Transparent already has been shot, but Amazon is making its announcements on its own timetable and has chosen to unveil its latest three comedy pilot orders now. They include Mozart In The Jungle, written by Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher); The Outlaws, written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach; and Transparent, written and directed by Soloway (Six Feet Under) and starring Jeffrey Tambor. Like with Amazon’s original batch of pilots, the three will be available to Amazon customers for feedback in early 2014. On the drama side, Amazon has pilots Bosch and Chris Carter’s The After, which also have not been officially announced. Here are descriptions of Amazon’s three comedy pilots:
Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle was written by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola, actor and musician Jason Schwartzman, and Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers. The project is based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall. Mozart in the Jungle is all about sex, drugs—and classical music—and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.
“Many shows are in a single world; Mozart in the Jungle is an unusual show in that there are two worlds fused together. 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. I love the sense of contrast, the high and the low, the refined and the more base—I hope audiences will love it too,” said Roman Coppola, co-creator of Mozart in the Jungle. “Amazon has been incredibly supportive and they have given us their blessing to make this show. We are very much in harmony and we feel lucky to be working with a partner that is so in sync with us and what we want to do.”
Written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach, The Outlaws is all about the ins and outs of a professional football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office. The Outlaws creative team also includes Matt Alvarez and Michael Strahan, former football player for the New York Giants and host of Live with Kelly and Michael.
“Jon Weinbach and I could not be more excited about The Outlaws, it’s been great transforming this story into a pilot with the help of Amazon,” said Outlaws creator Jeremy Garelick. “We have found Amazon’s support for original and edgy content to be second to none; the opportunity to blend crushing comedy and hits is endless. We want to make Outlaws the show that everyone will love— not just football fans.”
Written and directed by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Jill Soloway, Transparent is a darkly comedic story about an LA family with serious boundary issues. In this exploration of sex, memory, gender and legacy, the past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass star in the pilot.
“With my astonishingly talented cast and crew we created an incredible pilot,” said Transparent creator Jill Soloway. “I hope we’ll be making a full season very soon. I am so grateful to Amazon for their trust and for allowing this story to unfold onscreen in such a human, organic way. They have provided me with one of the most creative experiences of my career.”
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