Earlier this year, Amazon announced that it had struck a deal with Woody Allen to produce and series for their Prime service (what we are calling the 2016 Amazon Series). The unexpected announcement came as the new Amazon Studios was riding a wave of acclaim with their series ‘Transparent‘ (which is wonderful). Now, the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has commented on the upcoming series.
Bezos’ comments were give to The Hollywood Reporter, who have Amazon as their latest cover feature. They also come after Allen said at Cannes that he regretted signing the deal with Amazon.
Woody Allen said at Cannes, somewhat in jest, that he regretted agreeing to make a show at Amazon. How do you respond?
I breathed a huge sigh of relief. You know Woody. If he ever gets optimistic, then I’ll be worried. As long as he’s pessimistic and anxious, I think we’re in good shape.
So it’s still happening?
Very reassuring words from Bezos, who seems to know how to treat Allen. Bezos is one of the richest men in America, and it seems he might be a Woody Allen fan. And it might be PR, but it does seem like everything is on track for a (late) 2016 release date. Of course, no solid details about the plot.
Most interesting part of The Hollywood Reporter article(s) is the new shows (and films) they have coming, including some insight into how the studio works with studio head Roy Price. Where will this company even be by the time we get to the end of 2016?
I do have trouble believing that Woody’s Amazon show is really going to be a true 100% Woody Allen project. I think it’ll certainly have his name on it, and it will fall in line with the Woody Allen “brand”, but I don’t see Woody with all the other stuff on his plate sitting down and writing every single word of every single episode of this series. I see it being a similar setup to when Stuart Hample worked with Woody on the Woody Allen comic strip back in the day. He might write the first several episodes and I’m sure he’ll have final script approval on each episode, but Woody isn’t a spring-chicken any more. I know Woody still ‘floats like a butterfly and still stings like a bee and still humps like a champ”, but I just hope he’s not spreading himself too thin. Its about quality, not quantity.
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Interesting. I didnt know its a six-part series. I thought it was going to be a full twenty-two episode season like a sitcom. As long as Woody keeps eating his Cherrios with raisins he should be able to handle six measly episodes.