You know how everybody’s always yammering on about how streaming TV is the new going out to the cinema? Well it looks like they might be right…
On the back of a win at the Golden Globes this week (Transparent - Best Comedy Or Musical Series), Amazon Studios have made another power play, signing up none other than Woody Allen to write and direct his first ever TV series.
As well as marking yet another major shift in perceptions of formats from Hollywood's key players - David Fincher and Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards deal with Netflix being the other outstanding example - the news tantalises us into wonderment over just what the neurotic little genius has in store for us.
Period piece? Set in Europe? That would be the best guess going by his recent work, but all we know so far of Untitled Woody Allen Project (let’s hope irony doesn’t get the better of them and that becomes the actual title) is that the series will eventually air on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video.
“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honour to be working with him on his first television series,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios, of the announcement. “From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”
And as only Woody could, the filmmaker was quick to drolly downplay this ego massaging: "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this."
Let’s hope he's joking.
[Via: Hollywood Reporter]
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