Although Woody Allen has a long reputation for being an outstanding film actor and director, for the first time in his career he will now create a television series for Amazon Studios. According to an insider, the Oscar-winning filmmaker will be responsible for writing but also directing all of the episodes of the new 30-minute series.
In a statement, Amazon’s Prime Instant Video has ordered a full season, which is scheduled to debut sometime in 2017. Although the green light has been given, the title of the series, as well as casting information has not yet been revealed.
As stated by Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios, Woody Allen is an incredible creator with a clear vision. As such, some of the greatest films in history have been his. He has also remained a leader in the film industry with a career of more than 50 years. In response, Allen said he was not sure how he got swayed into doing the series and admitted he was unsure where to start. The 79-year-old icon added that perhaps Roy Price would regret his decision.
Since getting started in the film industry, Allen has been the mastermind behind 40 plus films, many of which he also starred in. His first film, “What’s up Tiger Lily”, was premiered in 1966 while his latest film, “Magic in the Moonlight”, came out in 2014. However, there are reports that Allen has yet another film being worked on that will hit theaters later this year.
Two of Allen’s most notable films were released in the late 1970s to include “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan”. For those two films alone, he won two Golden Globe and four Oscar awards. Allen also received the coveted “Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award” last year. With so much talent, it would seem that Allen could move seamlessly into television but the two genres are very different.
In 2010, Amazon Studios began developing full-length television shows and films. Then last year, experts estimate that close to $2 billion was spent by Amazon on streaming license rights, as well as original content, which for Amazon Studios equates to around $400 million.
Since entering this field, Amazon has maintained a goal of developing television shows that will reach success but also help grow the Prime loyalty program that costs members $99 a year by giving the Prime Instant Video component a healthy boost.
According to Michael Pachter, analyst with Wedbush Securities, while the Prime membership is not where Amazon wants it to be, there is significant potential, bolstered by the new television show that involves Woody Allen.