Amazon has announced that they have greenlit a straight-to-series order for a four-hour mini series about Hernan Cortes, a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire. Steven Spielberg, among several others, will executive produce the series. Steven Zaillian is on board to write the series and Javier Bardem will star as Cortes. The series, simply titled Cortes, reveals the legendary conqueror, Hernan Cortes, who led a rebellious expedition to the heart of King Montezuma II’s Aztec empire, connecting two civilizations for the first time and changing the course of history.
The second season of Amazon’s original series Sneaky Pete has just debuted on Prime Video. The first season was very highly reviewed by most critics. It has a 100% score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.2 out of 10 rating on IMDB. Amazon describes the series as: A con man (Giovanni Ribisi) on the run from a vicious gangster (Bryan Cranston) takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, “reuniting” with Pete’s estranged family, a colorful, dysfunctional group that threatens to drag him into a world just as dangerous as the one he’s trying to escape – and, just maybe, give him a taste of the loving family he’s never had.
Amazon has announced that they’ve greenlit a second season order of their original series Lore. The horror-themed series is based on the popular podcast of the same name. Season two will feature new tales from the podcast, as well as original stories not yet available in podcast form, and will star new cast members. The first season of Lore has received mediocre reviews with a 6.9 out of 10 rating on IMDB and a 64% fresh rating form critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
The conclusion of The Tick’s first season is now available for Prime members to stream. The first 6 episodes debuted last year and now the final 6 episodes have gone live. Amazon has announced that the series will be renewed for a second season. The series has received decent reviews thus far. Amazon customers have given it a 4.3 out of 5 star rating, while IMDB has it at a 7.4 out of 10. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes have designated it Certified Fresh with 90% fresh rating and Rotten Tomatoes audience score is 88% fresh.
Amazon has announced that they’ll be developing the novel Consider Phlebas into a new television series for Prime Video. This is the first book in Iain M. Banks’s sci-fi space opera Culture series. The series will be adapted by British screenwriter Dennis Kelly, known for his work on the UK series Utopia. The series is described as “a kinetic, action-packed adventure on a huge canvas, Consider Phlebas draws upon the extraordinary world and mythology Banks created in the Culture, in which a highly advanced and progressive society ends up at war with the Idirans, a deeply religious, warlike race intent on dominating the entire galaxy.”
Amazon has announced that they’ve greenlit a fifth season of their original show Bosch. The show is Amazon’s longest-running one-hour series. The ten-episode fourth season will premiere on Prime Video on April 13. In that season, “when an attorney is murdered on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD, Bosch is assigned to lead a task force to solve the crime before the city erupts in a riot. Bosch must pursue every lead, even if it turns the spotlight back on his own department. One murder intertwines with another, and Bosch must reconcile his past to find a justice that has long eluded him.”
Amazon, in conjunction with Liberty Global, has penned a big-budget order for a new sci-fi drama based on the novel The Feed by Nick Clark Windo, according to Deadline. The new original series is being executive produced by Channing Powell who is best known for his work on The Walking Dead. The Feed is described as “Walking Dead-meets-Black Mirror” and will consist of a ten episode run that’s “set in a near-future world where people can download a social media feed directly into their brains and follows a couple who find their six-year-old daughter missing after the ‘Feed’ goes down and society crumbles.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be reprising his role as Conan in Amazon’s upcoming Conan series, but he will be staring as Federal Marshall in a new Amazon original series titled Outrider, according to Deadline. The western series follows a deputy in the late 1800’s who is tasked to apprehend a legendary outlaw. The deputy partners with a ruthless Marshall played by Schwarzenegger, making ‘Outrider’ Schwarzenegger’s first regular role in a television series. Trey Callaway and Mark Montgomery will write and executive produce the new series. Schwarzenegger and Mace Neufeld, who is also an executive producer on the upcoming Amazon series Jack Ryan, will also produce Outrider.
Amazon has signed a deal to create a new original Conan series, according to Deadline. It will be based on the original books by Robert E. Howard. Ryan Condal, who wrote the new Hercules movie and produced the Colony series, will be executive producing and writing Amazon’s upcoming Conan series. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed several Game of Thrones episodes, will direct the new series. This series goes perfectly with Amazon new focus to create fantasy/genre drama series with broad appeal.