Officially confirming news that had broke earlier this year, Amazon Studios announced today that it has greenlit its first two drama pilots -- "Bosch," based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch mystery series, and "The After," from Chris Carter, creator of "The X-Files." As with the comedies, these drama pilots will be put online for free for the public to watch and give feedback on, helping the company determine which will be ordered to series.
The official descriptions, from Amazon:
"Bosch": Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling Harry Bosch series and written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch will be played by Titus Welliver ("Argo," "The Good Wife") and the pilot will also star Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment ("The Killing") is producing and Jim McKay will direct.
“Sharing this story with television audiences is very exciting, something that’s been 20 years in the making,” said author Michael Connelly. “It is amazing to have it come together with the synergy of Amazon -- the world’s largest bookstore -- along with accomplished creator and showrunner, Eric Overmyer, and Fabrik, a production company dedicated to loyalty to the books. Harry Bosch can be in no better hands.”
"The After": Written and directed by Emmy-nominee Chris Carter ("The X-Files") executive produced by Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television and produced by Gabe Rotter, The After follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar, and Louise Monot will star.
“I'm very superstitious about talking about what I'm working on before it's finished, and it's more fun if it's kept a mystery! So let me just say that this is a show that explores human frailty, possibility, terror, and the triumph of the human spirit,” said Chris Carter, creator of "The After." “I'm so excited to be telling this story with Amazon in this new frontier of television.”
Despite Amazon Studios having been launched as a place in which creators could submit projects that would be sorted through and shaped by the public, the projects that the company has gravitated toward in practice have mostly come from pros and established industry names. This fall, Amazon will be debut its first two comedy series, "Alpha House" (written by Garry Trudeau of "Doonesbury") and "Betas," exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon LOVEFiLM in the UK.