Amazon Studios is in negotiations for a TV series take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel “The Last Tycoon” at Sony Pictures TV.
Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “Captain Phillips”) penned the script which Amazon is close to buying as part of a potential pilot order. The project was originally set up at HBO a year ago, but didn’t come to fruition there and the script was released by the pay cable network to be shopped around elsewhere.
The story follows Hollywood’s studio executive Monroe Stahr in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power, pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady.
Stahr and Brady were based on real life moguls Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer respectively. The series will deal with the violence, sex and towering ambition that engulfed Hollywood during this period.
Chris Keyser (“Party of Five”) is attached as showrunner alongside Ray as executive producer. The book was previously adapted into the 1976 Elia Kazan film which starred the likes of Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Tony Curtis and Robert Mitchum.