The deal covers North America, Germany, Scandinavia, Greece, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. It excludes China, Korea, and Japan. The film also stars Corey Stoll, Brian Dennehy, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glen Fleshler, Michael Zegen, and Billy Howle.
“The Seagull,” first performed in 1896, is set at a country estate where guests have gathered to watch a play. “‘The Seagull’ is the heartbreaking and funny story of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person,” Sony Classics said in a statement. “The movie is timely in its depiction of the tragic consequences of narcissism, particularly on young dreams and romantic love.”
Producers are Tom Hulce, Leslie Urdang, Bob Salerno, Jay Franke, and David Herro. Sony Classics is planning a 2018 release.
The deal was
The Gilmore Girls creator’s new dramedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, will make its official Amazon debut on Wednesday, November 29. Experiencing deja vu? That’s probably because Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life bowed during the dame timeframe (Nov. 25, to be precise) one year ago.
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All eight episodes of Mrs. Maisel‘s first season, which was written and directed by Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, will be available to Amazon Prime customers on that date.
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are making themselves at home at Amazon Studios. Deadline reports that the creative partners/spouses have signed a multi-year overall deal with the streamer. The new deal will see the duo continue to work on their previously announced stand-up dramedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” while developing new projects for Amazon.
Amazon gave “Mrs. Maisel” a two-season order this spring. The 1958-set series follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a housewife who decides to pursue a career in comedy after her would-be stand-up comic husband (Michael Zegen) leaves her. Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle, and Tony Shalhoub also star. The series’ first season is expected to drop later this year.
“Gilmore Girls” creator Sherman-Palladino wrote and directed the “Mrs. Maisel” pilot and exec produced alongside Palladino. The series’ debut earlier this year marked “one of Amazon’s best received pilots ever,” Deadline writes, “with an average customer rating of 4.9.”
“Amy and Dan are brilliant. Everything they create has such an incredible vision behind it. On top of that, they’re wonderfully funny and smart people,” commented Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios’ Head of Comedy, Drama and Vr. “We’re excited about the next two seasons of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ with them and, with this deal, we can’t wait to do a lot more together.”
“The team at Amazon has allowed us to have Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy as our presidents for the next few years and for that we are eternally grateful,” Sherman-Palladino and Palladino said in a statement. “Amazon is the future of television and we are thrilled to tag along for the ride.”
In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” Sherman-Palladino has created, written, and directed for the short-lived “Bunheads” and “The Return of Jezebel James.” Last November she revived her most beloved project on Netflix with “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” It consisted of four mini-movies and brought back Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Kelly Bishop to reprise the roles of Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore. Almost all of the original main cast and supporting characters returned as well. Palladino served as producer on all of those series as well as on the original “Gilmore Girls.”
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TVLine has learned that the duo have inked a multi-year overall deal with Amazon Studios that calls for them to develop television projects beyond Maisel, which scored an unprecedented two-season pickup last spring. (Amazon brass have reason to
TBS is taking “Conan” internationally for the seventh time in two years as host Conan O’Brien travels to Israel. “Conan Without Boarders: Israel” will be a primetime special airing Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. O’Brien plans to visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, among other locations yet to be announced. “Conan” airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS. The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer.
“Diana, 7 Days,” a two-hour documentary capturing the week following the 1997 death of Princess Diana, will air on Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The film documents the time between Princess Diana’s tragic death and her funeral, and the effect it had on the United Kingdom and the world. This marks the first time her two sons, Prince William
Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King, and Victoria Mahoney will adapt Octavia E. Butler‘s sci-fi novel “Dawn” into a television series, Variety has confirmed. King’s Macro shingle will produce, with writer-director Mahoney adapting the novel about an African-American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race 250 years after a nuclear war. Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Allen Bain, Gary Pearl, Thomas L. Carter, and Teddy Smith will join DuVernay and King as EPs, with Forward Movement, Oil & Cattle and Bainframe as additional producers. Butler died in 2006, and her estate was represented in this deal by its agent, Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House, LLC, with Gary Pearl. This will be the first time the award-winning author’s work has been adapted for television.
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The 1950s-set dramedy, executive-produced by the Gilmore Girls‘ creator and her husband Daniel Palladino, centers on Miriam “Midge” Maisel (House of Cards‘ Rachel Brosnahan), whose life is forever changed when she discovers a knack for stand-up comedy. Lynch has signed on for one episode as Sophie Lennon, the most popular female comic of her time whose fame extended to TV and radio.
The new series stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, “a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent for standup comedy.”
In addition to Brosnahan, the series stars Michael Zegen as Midge’s husband Joel Maisel, Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson, Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub as Midge’s father Abe Weissman, and Marin Hinkle as Midge’s mother Rose Weissman.
“In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause,” said Joe Lewis, head of comedy,
As die-hard “Gilmore Girls” fans would say, “Copper boom!” “Gilmore” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s newest series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” just got a two-season order from Amazon, The Hollywood Reporter writes. This is reportedly the first time Amazon has ever given a multi-season order to one of its pilots.
Starring “House of Cards’” Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, the pilot centers on a 1950s Jewish housewife who supports her husband (Michael Zegen, “Brooklyn”) as he pursues his passion for stand-up comedy. After one her husband’s sets bombs, Midge ends up at The Gaslight Cafe herself, drunkenly taking the stage and telling jokes of her own. And she kills it.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” pilot was written, directed, and exec produced by Sherman-Palladino. Her husband and producing partner, Daniel Palladino, is also executive producing with Dhana Gilbert.
Citing the audience response as “digital applause,” Amazon head of comedy and drama Joe Lewis commented, “Like any great young stand-up, we’re excited to see what [‘Mrs. Maisel’] has to say next and for a long time to come. That made it an easy decision to order two seasons from Amy and her incredible cast. We can’t wait to bring it to customers soon.”
The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” pilot is currently streaming for Amazon Prime subscribers. No word on a first season premiere date yet.
It’s heartening to see Amazon showing confidence in Sherman-Palladino and “Maisel,” especially since the streaming service tends to be rough on its women-created offerings. Dana Calvo’s women’s liberation-themed “Good Girls Revolt” was cancelled after one season despite strong ratings and its prescient subject matter. Jill Soloway, the creator of Amazon tentpole “Transparent,” was forced to go through the streaming giant’s pilot process again with “I Love Dick.” This would be perfectly reasonable if Amazon hadn’t handed out series orders to film directors Woody Allen and Nicolas Winding Refn and “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner without asking for pilots.
Sherman-Palladino’s resume is full of TV shows centered around women, often those who can spit out pages-long monologues without blinking an eye. In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” Sherman-Palladino has created, written, and directed for the short-lived “Bunheads” and “The Return of Jezebel James.” Last November, she revived her most beloved project on Netflix with “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” It consisted of four mini-movies and brought back Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Kelly Bishop to reprise the roles of Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore. Almost all of the original main cast and supporting characters returned as well. Netflix is reportedly leaving the door open for additional “Gilmore Girls” installments, so Amazon might not the only placed you’ll find future Sherman-Palladino projects.
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The pilot debuted on Amazon on March 17 and garnered an average customer rating of 4.8, with 92 percent 5-star reviews.
Written and directed by Sherman-Palladino, who also serves as an Ep alongside Daniel Palladino, the 1950s-set The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel centers on Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Manhattan‘s Rachel Brosnahan, in a star-making performance), whose seemingly idyllic Manhattan existence is upended when she discovers a previously unknown talent for stand-up comedy.
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