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Amazon Greenlights Two New Pilots, Including Whit Stillman's 'The Cosmopolitans' Starring Chloe Sevigny

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 9, 2014 at 12:01PM

Amazon Studios has two exciting new pilots in the works that will appeal to both cinephiles and TV fans alike. Just like the last go-round, which yielded four series orders, viewers will provide feedback and decide the fate of the series when the pilots hit Amazon Instant Video later this year.
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Whit Stillman
Whit Stillman

Amazon Studios has two exciting new pilots in the works that will appeal to both cinephiles and TV fans alike. Just like the last go-round, which yielded four series orders, viewers will provide feedback and decide the fate of the series when the pilots hit Amazon Instant Video later this year.

First comes "The Cosmopolitans," from writer/director Whit Stillman, starring Chloe Sevigny, Adam Brody and Dree Hemingway. Stillman and Sevigny are a match made in heaven. He directed her in 1998's "The Last Days of Disco," and he directed Adam Brody in 2011's endlessly quotable "Damsels in Distress." "The Cosmopolitans" will center on a group of American expatriates looking for love in Paris. Sounds like quintessential Stillman who, like many independent directors including Jill Soloway who has Amazon series "Transparent" on the docket, is making the shift to television. As if that phenomenon needed more expounding.

Next up is "Hand of God" from producer/writer Ben Watkins, producer/director Marc Forster and producer/star Ron Perlman, who stars as a law-bending judge who has a religious awakening and begins hearing voices and receiving visions through his ventilator-bound son. Watkins worked as a writer and executive producer on USA's long-running "Burn Notice," and Forster directed the hit zombie-apocalypse tentpole "World War Z" last year.

Additional pilots joining "The Cosmopolitans" and "Hand of God" will be announced in the coming weeks.

This article is related to: Whit Stillman, Whit Stillman, Amazon, Television, Chloë Sevigny, Adam Brody, Marc Forster, Ron Perlman


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.