Woody Allen is the latest director to decamp from Hollywood to TV. Amazon Studios has inked a deal with the 79-year-old filmmaker to write and direct his first TV series, Variety reports. The “Untitled Woody Allen Project” will be a half-hour series exclusive to Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany.
“I don’t know how I got into this,” said Allen. “I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.” Price is the vice president of Amazon Studios, who says “it’s an honor to be working with [Allen] on his first television series.”
Amazon has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the digital TV space, winning Golden Globes for its transgressive half-hour comedy “Transparent,” from filmmaker Jill Soloway, and garnering raves for its latest “Mozart in the Jungle” from film folks Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers. Allen heir Whit Stillman, who also trades in witty, overeducated sophisticates with what can easily be dubbed “white people problems,” also directed Amazon series “The Cosmopolitans.”
Woody Allen’s next feature film is a romantic mystery starring Joaquin Phoenix as what-else-but a philosophy professor struggling with an existential crisis and a relationship with a much younger student played by Emma Stone, who starred for Allen in the poorly reviewed “Magic in the Moonlight.”
As seen in the 2012 film “Woody Allen: A Documentary,” the director maintains a proverbial trunk of ideas — so it’s hard not to imagine him coming up with something soon for Amazon. Thoughts?