Amazon Studios has announced plans to move forward with three different TV series projects – “The Expatriates,” “THEM” and “Upload”. At the same time they’ve also renewed their drama “Sneaky Pete” for a third season.
Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films will produce the Hong Kong-set “The Expatriates” which is based on the best-selling novel by Janice Y.K Lee and screenwriter Alice Bell. The female-focused story follows the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community living as outsiders in the vertical city.
Affluence is celebrated, friendships are intense but knowingly temporary, and personal lives, deaths and marriages are played out publicly. The deal comes as Blossom Films announced the acquisition of Liane Moriarty’s upcoming novel “Nine Perfect Strangers” which Kidman will star in.
“THEM” is a horror event series from executive producers Lena Waithe, Roy Lee, Little Marvin, Miri Yoon and Michael Connelly. The news comes as Waithe set a first-look deal with Showtime earlier this week.
The first season, dubbed ‘Covenant’, will be set in 1953 and follow a black family moving from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. Their seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
“Upload” hails from “The Office” producer Greg Daniels along with Howard Klein, Andy Allo and Robbie Amell. The ten-episode half-hour sci-fi romantic satire is set in the near future where people who are near death can be ‘uploaded’ into a virtual afterlife of their choice.
The story deals with a customer service rep in a luxurious virtual reality environment dealing with the handsome L.A. party boy who has just been permanently uploaded to that world. Daniels serves as showrunner, executive producer and will direct the pilot.
Source: TV Line