Amazon has made a name for itself with its diverse slate of original programming on its streaming platform. There’s Jill Soloway’s “Transparent,” the Golden Globe-winning “Mozart in the Jungle,” the ’80s-inspired comedy “Red Oaks,” and of course, “The Man in the High Castle,” based on the novel by legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. Though ranging in quality and tone, these shows demonstrate Amazon’s strategy to develop a wide variety of programming that demonstrate their broad, yet inviting, sensibility. Their latest development deal with Lionsgate TV signals this: an hourlong drama series inspired by songs of legendary musician Bob Dylan.
Spearheaded by writer-director Josh Wakely (also a partner at the Sydney-based production company Grace, which will help produce the project), the series “Time Out of Mind,” based on the 1997 album of the same name, will be rooted in characters and story threads from Dylan’s vast body of work. Luckily, Wakely has manage to secure a rights deal for his vast catalog, so the series can actually employ details from the music rather than be “loosely based on it.” Though Wakely is a relative unknown, this is the second musical rights acquisition from the Australian filmmaker this year: He signed a deal with The Beatles’ Northern Songs publishing unit for a Netflix children series featuring stories inspired by Beatles songs.
Since “Time Out of Mind” is still very early in development, details about the project are sparse, but it could very well be another win for Amazon.