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Amazon Studios has greenlit new drama “The Expatriates” from Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, two seasons of horror event series “THEM” from Lena Waithe, and a new comedy from “The Office’s” Greg Daniels, entitled “Upload.”
Axar.az reports citing Variety.
“The Expatriates” is based on the best-selling novel by Janice Y.K Lee and award-winning screenwriter Alice Bell. And after announcing a first-look deal with Blossom Films earlier this summer, Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said they are “thrilled” to kick off the relationship by bringing this story to life.
Set against the backdrop of “The Vertical City” of Hong Kong, “The Expatriates” is a drama series that will explore the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community: where affluence is celebrated, friendships are intense but knowingly temporary, and personal lives, deaths and marriages are played out publicly — then retold with glee. Key characters in the female-focused project, still to be cast, include Margaret, a world-renowned American architect struggling with the unwavering suspicion that something could be wrong with her latest project — an ambitious skyscraper already gracing the Hong Kong skyline — until an unexpected event upends her life; Mercy, a Korean-American college graduate with a questionable past seeking a new life, who quickly finds herself embroiled in an unforgivable scandal; Hilary, a British expat who yearns for a child despite her uncertain marriage, then dabbles in local customs and make-believe identities in a deliberate attempt to change her fate; Tammy, a high-flying alpha-expat who is blindsided when her husband’s Chinese second family appears on her doorstep; Barbara, whose decadent lifestyle belies a ticking clock; Franny, an Australian expat loyal to anyone she’s having lunch with, who faces an existential crisis; and Olivia, a Chinese local socialite who experiences a humiliating loss of status.
“The Expatriates” is executive produced by Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films and Theresa Park for POW! Productions, with Lee serving as consulting producer.
“THEM,” from executive producer Waithe, writer and executive producer Little Marvin and executive producers Roy Lee, Miri Yoon, and Michael Connolly with Vertigo Ent., will focus its first season of an anthology approach in 1953.
“My heart was still pounding an hour after I heard this pitch. The show is edge of your seat scary and addictive while also being provocative and socially relevant,” Salke said. “We are thrilled to be in business with the incredibly talented Lena Waithe, Little Marvin and Vertigo.”
“THEM” is a production with Sony Pictures Television.
“Upload,” which comes from Daniels and his producing partner Howard Klein and stars Andy Allo and Robbie Amell, is a 10-episode half-hour sci-fi romantic satire. The show is set in the near future, where people who are near death can be “uploaded” into a virtual afterlife of their choice.
“Amazon is the perfect place to make ‘Upload,’” said Daniels, “because of their strong creative team, and because it’s a company that could actually one day host a digital afterlife. If I get in good with them, I’m hoping for a big discount on my first thousand years.”
“Upload” is created and written by Daniels who also serves as showrunner, executive producer and will direct the pilot.
2018.07.30 / 12:45