Several major filmmakers have scored pilots orders in the last day or two including Kathryn Bigelow, Adam McKay and Guillermo del Toro amongst others.
First up, HBO has given a pilot order for the Bigelow-produced “Mogadishu, Minnesota” about an American living among the Somalis of Minneapolis and is penned by rapper K’naan Warsame. They’ve also done the same for McKay’s “Succession” which follows a dysfunctional but rich and powerful American global-media family and will be penned by Jesse Armstrong (“Peep Show”).
Meanwhile Amazon has picked up five new pilots, the most notable being “Pacific Rim” director Guillermo del Toro and writer Travis Beacham’s “Carnival Row”. A series take on Beacham’s long in development spec script “A Killing on Carnival Row,” Rene Echeverria will serve as showrunner on this story of a serial killer stalking the streets of Victorian London-esque city of humans and other creatures.
Also in the works is “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s dramedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” about 1950s housewife who decides to be one of the first female standup comics, the pre-revolutionary Cuba set “Tropicana,” the half-hour “The Legend of Master Legend” and the Kevin MacDonald-produced “Strange New Things”.